Because it’s been so hot in New York City the past couple weeks, I’ve been eating a ton of watermelon.
Most of the time I don’t buy organic, since watermelon ranks toward the safer end of the Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.
I’ll usually purchase a half or quarter of a melon. I am looking for flesh that is a deep red color and not mealy.
A redder melon usually signifies more lycopene, a powerful antioxidant (also found in tomatoes) that counters free radicals (the bad guys) in our bodies.