The Seasonal Ingredient

  • Pick the Perfect Watermelon - 5 Easy Tips!

    Have you been disappointed when you got your watermelon home and didn’t get that sweet, juicy tasting treat you were expecting?

    Here are 5 great tips to help you find the perfect watermelon:

    1. Field Spot - The field spot is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground. The best watermelons have creamy-yellow or even orange-yellow spots.
    2. Webbing - The webbing of a watermelon indicates the amount of times bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the melon.
    3. Boy or Girl? - Believe it or not, watermelons have genders! The ‘boy’ watermelon is more elongated and the ‘girl’ is rounder and stout. Boy watermelons are more watery and girls are sweeter!
    4. Size - You may think bigger is better when it comes to watermelons, but in reality, the best watermelons are average-sized.
    5. Tail - The tail of a watermelon indicates its ripeness. If the tail is green, then it was picked too soon. Watermelons with dried tails have the best taste.
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Watermelon Strawberry Spa Pops

  • A Recipe to Make with the Kids!

    Alief ISD students love when it’s watermelon season. During our summer meals program, it is the most popular Texas farm fresh fruit selection! Melons most commonly grown in Texas include honeydew, muskmelon and watermelon.

    Melons can be served many ways, but they are usually sliced and served fresh. They can also be used in fruit salads or salsas, in melon sorbet, or even in a watermelon refreshers. No matter how you cut it, melons are a traditional summer treat in Texas.


    Ingredients (Makes 6 Pops)

    4 cups Watermelon, cubed
    2 cups Strawberries


    Puree watermelon and strawberries until very smooth. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm. Enjoy!