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My Favorite Summertime Treat

My Favorite Summertime Treat

I wrote a post in early March about how excited I was to be gardening this year in a more favorable climate, and I pointed out how gardening is also a great way to get some extra physical activity and stress relief. My last line was, “I’ll keep you posted on how things are going. And, if past experience holds true I’ll probably have enough zucchini for everybody.”

Well, we’re told by our experienced neighbors that spring gardening is near the end, and it’s time to retire the garden space until fall planting. So, it’s time for my first report. Our garden was, as I predicted, a great way to get activity, and a fun way to relieve stress. On the food production front, however, the news is mostly tragic. Our corn was wormy, our cauliflower strangely yellow, our squashes abundantly unproductive, and we would have had more potatoes on the table if we had just eaten the seed potatoes. We are holding some faint hopes for Brussels sprouts, but all in all I consider this a resounding success for one reason – we have watermelon!

If you love watermelon like I love watermelon you’ll understand my optimism. Best of all, watermelon is a fine treat for those of us with diabetes. You wouldn’t exactly call this marvelous food a nutrition powerhouse, but one cup of watermelon balls does give us about 20% of our daily recommendation for both vitamin A and vitamin C. Watermelon is also a source, like tomatoes, of the antioxidant lycopene, and at 92% water-by-weight this fruit can help keep us hydrated during the hot summer. That cup of fabulously sweet watermelon balls is only 12 grams of carbohydrate and less than 50 calories to boot.

I’m holding out some hope that we’ll figure out how to garden in this new climate – I certainly did not grow enough zucchini for everybody, as I promised in my March post. But, nothing can make lemonade out of this lemon better than seeing those big green orbs lying around our garden plot among all the dead and strangely mutated failures. I’ll spice up my watermelon by adding cilantro, lime and fresh mint, or for some extra zip I’ll add chili powder and red pepper flakes. And, by the way, you don’t have to be a master watermelon gardener like me – you can buy watermelon at any reputable grocery.

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