Five ways to enjoy watermelon this fall and winter



    TORONTO, Oct. 7 /CNW/ - Ontario watermelon season peaks during August and
September, but refreshing, sweet, nutrient packed watermelon can be enjoyed
year-round thanks to our friends from the south. Feast on watermelon through
the fall and winter with these five delicious ideas:

    
    1. Warm up with watermelon - Don't forget to incorporate watermelon into
       savoury, spicy dishes to warm you up during colder months. Spicy
       jalapeno pepper and sweet watermelon make a perfect match. Try the
       Watermelon Raspberry Jalapeno Salsa or Kung Pao Shrimp.

    2. Wind down with watermelon - As the sun sets on a cool fall day, unwind
       with a Watermelon Cherry Mojito. Let that familiar sweet flavour
       tickle your lips then waken your taste buds. This Mojito with a twist
       is a delicious way to relax. Having a sweet craving? A Watermelon
       Berry Slushy uses fresh watermelon, frozen raspberries and sparkling
       water for a quick guilt-free slushy drink to enjoy during prime time
       TV.

    3. Make room for watermelon at the festive table - Toss out that canned
       cranberry jelly and try something different this holiday season with a
       Watermelon Cranberry Sauce. Homemade and served warm or cold, this
       sauce made in 30 minutes gives a twist to your ordinary cranberry
       sauce. The sweet watermelon paired with the tartness of cranberries
       makes this an excellent addition to the table.

    4. Spooky Jack-o-Melon - Diversify your Halloween décor this year with a
       Jack-o-Melon. Carve a watermelon the same as you would a pumpkin,
       except eat all the delicious fruit inside. Your carved creations will
       have your neighbours seeing green with envy.

    5. Holiday cut-outs fun for the kids - Have all the fun of holiday baking
       without the baking. Using your favourite holiday cookie cutters, cut
       shapes out of watermelon rounds. Ice with vanilla frosting or yogurt
       and decorate with your favourite sprinkles. Red watermelon already
       makes a great holiday colour. The added bonus, these watermelon
       "cookies" are good for you!
    

    For recipes and high-resolution images,
www.watermelon.org/media_five-ways.asp

    About the National Watermelon Promotion Board

    The National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB) is based in Orlando,
Florida and represents 1,500 growers, shippers and importers. Through
research, communications and marketing initiatives, the NWPB is finding new
ways to enhance market opportunities for farmers and promote the nutritional,
culinary and convenience benefits of watermelon. For further information on
watermelon and NWPB, please visit www.watermelon.org




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