Lori Taylor, otherwise known as The Produce Mom, is always looking for healthy, interesting recipes for moms on the go. She’s committed to finding the best produce year round even when some products are “out of season”. Lori believes that you can find anything in season anywhere, anytime. She offers her best advice for how to preserve watermelon so that you can enjoy it all year long!
I know you are familiar with the saying “It’s 5 o’clock somewhere” – fresh produce seasonality can be described in a similar fashion “It’s in season somewhere.”
As we prepare for autumn, our mindset shifts away from the summertime eats, like watermelon, and the flavors of Fall take over. Regardless of the cooler temps & pumpkin spice everything – Watermelon is still in season… it’s always in season! Remember “It’s in season somewhere!”
The more educated I have become about watermelon, the more I love it. Here’s a few reasons:
1. Watermelon is both a fruit & a vegetable… How fun is that for a trivia question?! Here’s your source to hush all the doubters.
2. Watermelon is the lycopene leader of produce… that’s right, out of all fruits & veggies, WATERMELON has the most lycopene! Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant. Learn more here about the nutritional benefits of watermelon.
3. At 14 cents per serving… Watermelon ranks #1 on the list of budget friendly foods! Study.
4. North, South, East & West – Watermelon grows all over the United States! If you like to buy local, chances are there is a local watermelon farmer near you!
5. Watermelon is 92% WATER… perfect recovery food for athletes. Also a great way to keep children, elderly, and people of all ages well-hydrated! I know I’m not the only person who enjoys a slice of watermelon more than a glass of water.
Looking at the Peak Production Calendar referenced above, it’s clear that the domestic watermelon season is winding down. Prices of watermelon sometimes do increase during the import season. This is because it costs more to get a watermelon to your American grocery store when it is grown in Mexico, Central or South America versus when it is grown in America. Perhaps you or someone you know buys summertime fruits like berries & peaches in bulk at this time of year for dehydrating, canning or fruit preserves. Add watermelon to that list!
Did you know that you can make watermelon rind pickles?
Watermelon chutney or cranberry sauce is a great item for canning… it’s never too early to think about holiday season hostess gifts! Take advantage of the peak season prices and the amazing recipes on this site. Have fun canning & let me know what you make!
My favorite is the Watermelon Rind Pickles. I follow the recipe exactly & they are perfect every single time. I love them so much, I made them during one of my local morning show segments!
Thank you to the farmers who grow watermelon! I have enjoyed many summer nights in my backyard, eating fresh watermelon with my children. Even though the seasons are changing, the watermelon nostalgia doesn’t have to end – remember, “it’s in season somewhere!”
The Produce Mom
Lori Taylor, The Produce Mom, is a passionate advocate for the fresh produce industry: inspiring families to eat more fruits and vegetables, introducing consumers to produce brands, and rallying the produce industry to converse with the consumer. The Produce Mom has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX & NBC news affiliates. The Produce Mom’s educational program, Find Your Favorite®, has been supported by the USDA Team Nutrition program & State Department of Education. To learn more, please visit TheProducemom.com & FindYourFavorite.com.