National Watermelon Day

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This is one of our favorite holidays of the summer. Watermelon is the perfect treat for a hot day. Here are tips for picking the best watermelon, plus a few tasty melon recipes!

August 3 is National Watermelon Day!

To quote Mark Twain, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.” This American literary hero understood the serious deliciousness of this magical fruit (vegetable?), and, hopefully, on this beautiful day, you do, too.

It’s so refreshing and delicious, there’s a whole day devoted to it. See below for how best to prepare watermelon in our tips below.


Picking the Perfect Watermelon

  • Look for symmetrical round, oval, or oblong melons with a buttery yellow underbelly.
  • When a melon is picked up, it should feel heavy for its size.
  • Avoid melons with soft spots or bruises.

See more tips on telling when a watermelon is ripe (as well as other fruits and vegetables).

And here’s how to grow your own watermelon! Home-grown is often juicer and more flavorful than many grocery store types.


Watermelon Recipes

This minty Watermelon Cucumber Salad is a light, fresh, and cool salad that can be enjoyed anytime. Crumbled feta cheese is optional but we think it somehow just works with watermelon!


To get you through the hottest part of midday day, cool off with this classic Watermelon Punch.


Try this Watermelon Basket With Honey Lime Dressing, a zesty spin on a traditional fruit salad


For dinner, marinate your chicken, pork, fish, or shellfish with this yummy Watermelon Barbeque Marinade.


Finally, save up your rinds and make pickled watermelon rinds for unconventional, yet refreshing, morsels. 

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Sarah Perreault

Managing editor, Sarah Perreault, works on all things Almanac, but is especially proud to be the editor of our Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids series. Read More from Sarah Perreault

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