Before cutting the melon, scrub the outside rind with a vegetable brush. This will prevent your knife from carrying any potential bacteria into the flesh when you cut it.
Ideal temperature for storing uncut watermelon is 50°-60°. That means neither the refrigerator nor the counter is perfect; refrigerator is preferable. Keep stored away from ethylene gas producing fruit, like apples, pears, grapes, and stone fruit. Left out on the cupboard, it will keep for 3-5 days; in the refrigerator a bit longer. Once the melon has been cut, it must be refrigerated.
Watermelon is vitamin rich, especially high in Vitamin C, and has extremely high anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It contains one of the highest levels of lycopene found in any fruit or vegetable, the carotenoid which gives produce red color and which many researchers consider to be the most powerful anti-oxidant.
Liz Talley, Urban Graze
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