This refreshing summer salad, which hardly needs a recipe, turns on the contrast between the sweet, crisp melon and the tangy, creamy feta. For more assertive flavor, use arugula instead of mint; black pitted olives and red onion rings make it more robust still.
As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash and pumpkin – other plants that also grow on vines on the ground. Many melons originated in the Middle East and gradually spread their popularity across Europe. Ancient Egyptians and Romans enjoyed cantaloupes or muskmelons. Melon seeds were transported to the United States by Christopher Columbus and were eventually cultivated by Spanish explorers in California.
Storing & Cooking Information
Wash the watermelon's rind and your knives before cutting.
Store whole melons in a cool, dry place (45-50°F), away from other fruits. Always store cut melons in the refrigerator.