August 11, 2021

All About That Watermelon Sugar (High)

At Grico’s, we’re all about the fresh, garden fruits that make our dishes melt in your mouth. Right now, our team is all about watermelon! But for many of us, we haven’t the best idea of how to grow these juicy delights. Today, let’s talk all about that watermelon sugar high we’re all getting this summer season!

The 4-1-1 on Watermelon

Sure, watermelon is the quintessential fruit of choice for backyard picnics, but did you know that it’s actually related to some of our fall favorites? Yes! Watermelon is part of the family that gives us squash, cucumbers, cantaloupe, and pumpkins.

There are also many types of watermelon–1,200 varieties to be exact. The most popular watermelon varieties are seeded, seedless, mini, yellow and orange flesh. While its growing season is from May to September, the weather of your area ultimately determines when you’ll get this delicious fruit. 

How to Pick The Best Watermelon

We’ve all heard the old wives’ tales about finding the best fruits and vegetables and how to have a prosperous harvest–but some of them actually hold true.

To pick the most delightful fruit, your watermelon should be firm and free of bruises, blemishes, or cuts. If you shop at a store, know that those melons have likely been at room temperature for 7 to 10 days. So, once you slice it open, wrap it tightly in plastic and push the extras in the refrigerator to the side to avoid the watermelon drying out or worse–absorbing the smells of other foods. 

Watermelon Health Benefits

Watermelon isn’t just the summer fruit of choice, it’s one of the healthiest too! Take a look at the health benefits of watermelon!

  1. Keeps you hydrated. Watermelon is 92% water.
  2. It is low calorie.
  3. Contains cancer-fighting compounds.
  4. Can improve heart health.
  5. Can lower inflammation.
  6. May prevent macular degeneration.
  7. May relieve muscle soreness.
  8. Promotes skin and hair health.
  9. Aids in digestion. 

At Grico’s, We’re all About that Watermelon Sugar High.

No matter your meal of choice this summer, having a side of watermelon is sure to tantalize your taste buds! If you’re ready for the meal of the century, book your table at Grico’s!