The most overlooked of fruits is probably watermelon. You ate it at the last outdoor party you had, but that’s only because it was infused with a bottle of Svedka. Hilariously enough, researchers at Texas A&M University found that watermelon works much like Viagra does. Scientists revealed that a variety of the fruit’s ingredients work together to stimulate blood vessels and increase libido. Whaaat?
Though the study’s a few years old, its results began floating around on the Internet again.
This guy’s a total weirdo, but for good measure, here are some easier and more delicious ways to make sure you get your healthy dose of watermelon.
SIPPIN‘ -- Ah, the margarita. A summer staple, preferably frozen. Throw some watermelon chunks, tequila, lime juice, orange liqueur, and ice into a blender. You can’t really go wrong here. Eh, correction. You almost always go wrong with tequila. You’ve been warned. Have at it.
GRILLIN’ -- Remember when I brought to you the deliciousness of grilled pineapple? Well, throw another fruit on the barbie. Seriously, that’s all that’s to it. Put grilled watermelon on your salads! This is the last time I’ll say it: You can grill almost anything.
PICKLIN’ -- Time to get weird. I hear pickling watermelon rind, like all other things, is big in the south. Cut the rind into small strips, place them in water with salt, and refrigerate overnight. Drain. Add more water, and boil the watermelon until tender or for about 15 minutes. Boil sugar, vinegar, water, and ginger spice. Pour it over the watermelon, add lemon juice. Refrigerate overnight again. Again, bring the whole mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-high for an hour. Pack the “pickles” into hot pickle jars with the juice over them. Cover.
Submerge the jars in boiling water for 15 minutes to seal them. Let jars sit for 24 hours at room temperature. I’ve never actually tried doing this, so if it’s a disaster, you’ve been forewarned. Search the interwebs for a more exact recipe.
FREEZIN‘ -- Back to the basics. Blend up some watermelon. Add lemon or mint if you really want to. Freeze it. Put in little sticks so you can be a five-year-old with a popsicle again.
And while we’re somehow still on the topic of watermelon, this exists…
UGH, BUT WHY?
Looks like we’ve come full circle on this one.
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