Friday, August 3, 2018

Celebrating National Watermelon Day

Down where the watermelon grows
How I wonder nobody knows
I always go to meet her
In my Sunday meeting clothes
Down where the watermelon grows

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Does anyone remember this folk song?  I do!  I tried searching for it online but can't come up with anything.  Oh well...



Today is a day of celebration that I could really sink my teeth into ~ National Watermelon Day!

I will confess that I absolutely love watermelon!  I have since I was a child. Sadly, it is hit or miss when I choose one at the market.  I've tried knocking on them to listen if they are hollow or not.  I've tried looking for ones that are "uniform" in color.  I tend to go for the ones that have lots of light brown crackly parts to outside of the melon (my mother used to say that was the sugar trying to get out).

The above picture is of a little watermelon bag that I made with a Stampin' Up! kit.  Isn't it adorable!  I love the red tissue paper that is red with black "seeds".  I'm also working on some watermelon greeting cards but they are't done yet.

Today's lunch included a big slice of watermelon! It was delicious and didn't even need salt. Sometimes I sprinkle a little salt on my watermelon especially if it isn't very red. The salt makes it sweeter somehow. (Probably is some scientific reason involving taste buds etc) Do you add salt to your melon?

Do you have a tried and true method for choosing a ripe watermelon?
Please let me in on your melon secret?

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  1. I have nothing to offer in choosing one except that I have had trouble in stores as well. I have found two in the country from small farmers that were absolutely delicious this summer. I think like much else at the stores these days if they aren't organic or locally grown by a farmer you know the flavor is just not there.
    I love your watermelon bag...so cute!

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    1. Sandy, I've yet to find local farmers for watermelon. We are growing some in the garden but I'm not sure when they will be ready or if the wildlife will beat us to them!

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  2. My husband fusses at me if I put salt on my watermelon but that is how we ate it when I was a kid.

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    1. You and me both, Arlene. If it is really red, I don't add salt. I've seen people put salt on oranges before.

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  3. Your watermelon bag is beautiful, Gina, love to see the cards when you are finished. I love watermelon too and I also sprinkle salt from time to time.
    I wish I could give you some advice on choosing one, Farmer's market usually have great ones, as they are grown locally.
    Thank you for visiting and your sweet comment, have a blessed weekend.
    Sue

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    1. Thank you, Sue. I posted the cards today. I'll have to check out the Farmer's Market this weekend.

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  4. My husband eats watermelon every morning as part of his breakfast. He buys slices so it's a little easier to tell how fresh and ripe they are! Hugs!

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    1. Diane, that makes a lot of sense! I've seen them cut up in chunks but no slices here.

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  5. Hi Gina~

    I love watermelon too, and yes, I put salt on it! I love to put salt on all melon, it just brings out the flavor. My husband always chooses the melon, it's much safer that way... ;0) He usually chooses one that has a large yellow or pale yellow patch on the bottom. He read somewhere that it means it has sat in the field longer. It must work, because he usually chooses a pretty good melon.

    I have never heard that cute little rhyme, it's so cute!! I have heard, Down by the Bay, where the Watermelons grow, but it's totally different.

    Love the bag, just adorable!!

    Hugs and Love,
    Barb

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    1. Barb, I think your husband is right. Maybe they are left to ripen on the vine longer and thus they are sweeter?

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  6. I love watermelon. I've found that the farmer's market is a better place than the grocery store. Our local grocer's is great, though. Last year I purchased a watermelon that turned out to be mushy and tasteless inside, and they gave me another one. It is hard to choose a good one. I love watermelon with feta cheese. Sweet and salty, mmm good!

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    1. Lorrie, ugh on those mushy melons! So nice that they gave you a new one. I bet it is good with feta cheese. I'll have to try it.

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  7. I have never tried salt on my watermelon, probably won't start now since Doc says I should calm down on the use of it anyway. I have no method for picking them out, just whatever looks good :)

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    1. Connie, I don't have a great method. They do sound different when I knock on them but then I forget if it is suppose to sound hollow or not.

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  8. Your watermelon bag is simply adorable, Gina! I recently had a salad that my one DIL made, with watermelon and feta in it, and it was delicious.

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    1. Thank you, Kitty. Another vote for feta cheese. I am really going to have to try that!

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