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National Watermelon Day: 4 Benefits Of Drinking Its Refreshing, Hydrating Juice

National Watermelon Day: 4 Benefits Of Drinking Its Refreshing, Hydrating Juice
LATIN TIMES

Thought to have originated in southern Africa, watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit. It is very characteristic of summer, especially for its low caloric levels, containing only 46 calories per cup, and high levels of hydration, vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds. Watermelon fruit is 91% water, contains 6% sugars, and is low in fat.

Growing in tropical and sub-tropical areas worldwide, this fruit is a special kind of berry. The sweet, juicy flesh is usually deep red to pink, with many black seeds. The fruit can be eaten raw or pickled and the rind is edible after cooking.

In 2007, the Oklahoma State Senate passed a bill declaring watermelon as the official state vegetable, with some controversy about whether it is a vegetable or a fruit.

People from Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa, known as Bushmen or San, consume the fruit for its nourishment properties, allowing survival on a diet called tsamma for six weeks.
 

  • Benefits of drinking Watermelon juice:
  1. Watermelon juice is scientifically proven to aid in rapid re-hydration and athletic recovery.
  2. Watermelons contain Vitamins A, B, and C. These vitamins are essential for many functions, including proper immune system function, skin health, and increased metabolism.
  3. Watermelon is one of the few natural foods with an abundance of L-citrulline, an amino acid that reduces muscle soreness after workouts and may reduce high blood pressure.
  4. Watermelons contain 4 times the amount of Lycopene of a tomato, a powerful antioxidant.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that help to prevent cancer and keep your heart healthy. So if you are looking for a unique juice blend that offers increased levels of hydration, is packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients, like Lycopene and Vitamin C, you can try the TSAMMA Watermelon + Coconut Water Blend. This blend is an ideal performance hydration drink and can even been served as a cocktail. Find two recipes below: 

Watermelon Juice Cocktails

TsammaRITA
INGREDIENTS
  • Watermelon
  • Tequila
  • Triple sec
  • Fresh squeezed lime juice

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the ingredients in a blender with ice.

 

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Watermelon: Adding The Taste of Summer to Your Menu

Watermelon: Adding The Taste of Summer to Your Menu

MODERN RESTAURANT MANAGEMENT

What does summer mean to restaurants? Farm fresh produce in season, in abundance and at the peak of its flavor profile such as watermelon. In fact, National Watermelon Day is celebrated on August 3. 

What can your restaurant do beyond just put it in a fresh fruit salad, a watermelon lemonade or perhaps the standard use of watermelon in restaurants-- a salad with watermelon cubes, feta cheese, black olives and basil? Be daring and  get something different on your menu now. 

Watermelon is a zero waste vegetable, yes, vegetable. It is part of the same family as cucumbers: “cucurbitaceae."  It can be broken down into four components to be used raw, cooked or baked with: meat, juice, rind and pulp.

For breakfast, serve watermelon jam with a basket of freshly baked scones. Serve pancakes? Pour on a watermelon syrup. Muffins on your menu? Add on a Watermelon Crumble Corn Muffin or add Watermelon Rind Bread to your breakfast pastry basket.

And for a twist on bacon, add a side of Watermelon Candied Bacon to your egg menu or crumble it onto a classic Iceberg Lettuce Wedge Salad with Blue Cheeses or add it to your BLT for the day. More on lunch, how about a Grilled Chicken and Avocado Sandwich on a Toasted Brioche Bun with Watermelon Basil Marmalade? And of course the bar; a Grilled Watermelon Jalapeno Lime Tequila Cooler.

More ideas to add to your menu:

  • Watermelon and Fresh Lime Sorbet
  • Watermelon Ice Cream
  • Watermelon Fruit Leather with the Check
  • Stir-Fried Grated Watermelon Rind with Sesame Oil, Chiles and Fresh Herbs
  • Watermelon Rind Slaw

TSAMMA Juice, which just launched  a Watermelon and Coconut Blend Juice, recommends using it to make a cocktail:

  • TSAMMARITA - watermelon, tequila, triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice
  • TTSAMMAOSA - watermelon juice and champagne

How do you work with watermelon? Use it in place of any ingredient where there is a watermelon substitution opportunity.

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