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National Watermelon Month


When is National Watermelon Month?

National Watermelon Month happens on Monday July 1, 2024.

Slicing Into Summer: Celebrating National Watermelon Month – July

Ah, July! The month where the sun shines bright, the days stretch longer, and the refreshing crunch of watermelon becomes the soundtrack of summer. Welcome to National Watermelon Month, a whole 31 days dedicated to celebrating the quintessential summer fruit that has a special place in our hearts (and our picnics). From its vibrant color to its hydrating sweetness, watermelon is not just a fruit; it’s a summer experience. So, grab your biggest knife and your juiciest melon because we’re about to dive into all the creative ways you can enjoy watermelon this month! 🍉

Watermelon Beyond the Wedge:

Sure, there’s nothing quite like biting into a crisp, sweet slice of watermelon, but why stop there? Watermelon’s versatility makes it perfect for a plethora of culinary creations. Here are some fun, innovative ways to savor watermelon this National Watermelon Month:

  1. Watermelon Pizza: Swap your traditional pizza base for a large, round slice of watermelon. Top it with fresh berries, Greek yogurt or coconut cream, and a drizzle of honey for a refreshing dessert pizza.
  2. Grilled Watermelon: Yes, you heard that right! Grilling watermelon enhances its sweetness and adds a smoky flavor. Slice it thick, grill for a few minutes on each side, and sprinkle with a little salt or feta cheese.
  3. Watermelon Salsa: Dice watermelon and mix it with cucumber, jalapeño, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt for a sweet and spicy salsa. It’s perfect with chips or over grilled fish or chicken.
  4. Watermelon Salad with a Twist: Combine cubed watermelon with sliced avocado, arugula, and crumbled goat cheese. Drizzle with balsamic glaze for a salad that’s as beautiful as it is delicious.
  5. Watermelon Sorbet: Puree watermelon chunks, squeeze in some lime juice, and freeze. Enjoy a homemade, no-fuss sorbet that’s as healthy as it is refreshing.
  6. Pickled Watermelon Rind: Don’t throw away that rind! Pickled watermelon rind is a delightful treat that’s tangy and sweet. It’s a great way to reduce waste and enjoy every bit of the fruit.
  7. Watermelon Ice Cubes: Freeze watermelon puree in ice cube trays for a colorful and flavorful addition to your water or lemonade.
  8. Watermelon Jerky: Thinly slice watermelon and dehydrate it for a chewy, candy-like snack. It’s an unexpected way to enjoy watermelon’s sweetness long after July ends.

Embrace the Watermelon Way of Life:

National Watermelon Month is more than just enjoying watermelon in its many delicious forms; it’s about embracing the joy, freshness, and simplicity of summer. Share your watermelon creations with friends and family, have watermelon carving contests, or simply enjoy a quiet moment with a juicy slice in hand. Let’s make July the juiciest, most flavorful month of the year!

When does National Watermelon Month happen next year?

National Watermelon Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Tuesday July 1, 2025
  • Wednesday July 1, 2026
  • Thursday July 1, 2027
  • Saturday July 1, 2028
  • Sunday July 1, 2029


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