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According to the USDA, watermelon consumption increases free arginine and citruline which help in the maintenance of arteries, which increases blood flow and heart health. Watermelon also contains higher levels of lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is thought to have antioxidant capabilities. A serving of watermelon contains high levels of Vitamin A,B,C and beta-carotene.

Availability: Mid-July through Mid-September

Watermelon w/ Balsamic & Feta

Recipe courtesy of Mary Nolan and FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 8 seedless watermelon cubes
  • 4 ounces feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons shredded mint leaves

Directions

In a small saucepan, whisk together the balsamic vinegar and sugar. Cook over medium heat until reduced by half and syrupy – about 4 minutes.

Stack 2 pieces of watermelon on each plate and drizzle with the balsamic reduction. Sprinkle with feta cheese and mint and serve.