Need to know:
- From a family of vines that originates in southern Africa, the watermelon is technically a kind of berry, unlike the strawberry, which is, strictly speaking, not a berry at all.
- Watermelons are about 90 per cent water and six per cent sugar – which accounts for why they are so refreshing. They can grow to be very large, with the heaviest watermelon ever recorded weighing in at 159kg.
- As well as being very hydrating, they are also filled with substantial amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin B6, along with the antioxidant phytonutrient lycopene. There are also decent amounts of potassium and fibre on offer.
- At this time of year, there's nothing better to snack on than giant chunks of fresh watermelon. It also works well in fruit salads, as well as savoury salads, where it happily partners with feta cheese and fragrant herbs.
- When choosing, go for a heavy watermelon that sounds hollow when tapped – this indicates it's ripe. Ensure your cut watermelon is covered and kept refrigerated.