Watermelon – Give it a little Respect!

Watermelon Kids SnackInstead of a typical fruit salad, I carved a shark head out of a watermelon for my son’s birthday – it was awesome! The kids (and adults) got a kick out of it and it didn’t take much longer to make than any other fruit dish that needs to be cut.

Watermelon is good for children

Watermelon might come across as a useless, non-nutritious, summer fruit filled with “water”, however it’s actually packed with vitamins and the powerful antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a red pigment found in some plants, most well-known in tomatoes. As an antioxidant, it’s thought to help fight oxidative damage inside of the body, leading to protection from long-term diseases like cancer and heart disease. A win-win situation: healthy food that kids love!

Is watermelon a fruit or vegetable? Both! Based on botanical classification watermelon is a fruit because it is the ripened ovary of a seed plant. Consumers like us classify it as a fruit because it’s sweet. However, watermelon is grown and harvested like a vegetable and is a member of the same gourd plant family as cucumbers. Hmmm, it’s good either way!

Here is where I found easy-to-follow instructions on how to carve a watermelon shark:
http://www.whataboutwatermelon.com/index.php/2012/05/how-to-carve-a-watermelon-shark