Here’s how to cut watermelon into easy-to-eat, grab-and-go sticks that are perfect for kids. If you haven’t tried this yet, you should!
The term “life changing” is grossly overused on the internet, so I’ll avoid that hyperbole here.
But I will say: This method of cutting watermelon is summer changing.
Once you try it, there’s no going back. When you cut watermelon into sticks, it’s easy for little hands to grab and eat. It also makes it simple to keeping cutting it into cubes or chunks if that’s what you’re going for.
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Is watermelon healthy?
Yes! Watermelon is 92% water, so it’s super-hydrating. It also contains nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and magnesium.
The pigment that makes watermelon red, called lycopene, is an antioxidant that may help protect the skin from UV rays. It’s also been studied for its potential to reduce the risk of diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Watermelon actually has higher levels of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or veggie.
How to pick a good watermelon
There’s nothing better than cutting into a winning watermelon. Here are some tips on choosing one, from the National Watermelon Promotion Board:
- Avoid any melons with bruises, cuts, or dents (scratches are okay)
- Choose a heavy melon–that means it’s juicy
- Look for a creamy yellow spot on the melon, where it sat on the ground and ripened
- Don’t worry about cracks inside, it’s still good to eat
Help! My watermelon is just so-so
It happens. Ended up with a so-so melon? Cut into chunks and blend into juice, along with a squeeze of lemon juice. Or freeze in chunks and toss in a food processor to make watermelon “sorbet”.
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How to cut watermelon into sticks
- Long, sharp knife (such as a chef's knife)
- Rinse the outside of the watermelon well to remove any dirt or debris on the outside (slicing it can pull that dirt inside).
- Cut watermelon in half around the middle (not stem-to-stem).
- Place one half on a flat surface, cut side down. Slice into strips about two inches wide, then rotate the melon 90 degrees and cut two-inch strips going the other way.
- Repeat with the other half.
- Pull apart the sticks and enjoy!