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Bethany Bachmann
County Engagement Specialist


This handout provides information regarding watermelon in your diet.


  • Description
  • Selecting
  • Storing
  • Preparing
  • Recipe


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A flyer highlighting the benefits of produce.



Watermelon provides vitamins A and C, potassium and magnesium. Vitamins A and C are antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. They also work independently as vitamin A helps maintain eye health and vitamin C helps the skin heal from wounds and can support our immune system. Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels and magnesium helps build and maintain strong, healthy bones.

Choose a watermelon with a smooth surface and a yellow underside. The watermelon should feel heavy for its size. Examine the melon and choose one that is free from cuts or dents.

Whole watermelons should be stored at room temperature unless purchased cold, in which case the melon should be kept cold. Once cut, watermelon will hold in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.

Should I wash my watermelon?
It would be best to clean the watermelon under cold, running water.

Recipe of the Month
Watermelon Sorbet


  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • ½ lime, juiced



  • Cut watermelon into 1-inch cubes and freeze overnight on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  • Once frozen solid, transfer to a food processor, add lime juice, and blend until it is a smooth consistency.
  • Serve immediately.

* Optional add-ins include simple syrup for a sweeter sorbet or a pinch of salt to enhance the flavor of the watermelon.