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3 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon, One of Israel's Favorite Fruits

3 Ways to Enjoy Watermelon, One of Israel's Favorite Fruits

Slices of watermelon in green bowls on a wooden table

What's the quintessential summer fruit? If your answer is watermelon, you're not alone. Israel is home to about 100 watermelon growers who sell approximately 100,000 tons of watermelon every year, making it one of the country's most popular fruits. Health bonus: This sweet treat contains lycopene, an antioxidant thought to help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. 

In the United States, July is National Watermelon Month, though National Watermelon Day is August 3 - and of course, it's delicious all summer long (and beyond, if you can get it). Here are three of our favorite ways to enjoy watermelon, with a Jewish twist!

  1. Ottoman Watermelon and Olive Salad: Food Editor Tina Wasserman shares this recipe, native to the region of the world now associated with Turkey - but which is also popular in Greece and beyond. "As bright as the iconic sun-drenched, white stucco walls and blue domed rooftops are on this island, this dish is vibrant with color and flavor to match its surroundings," she writes.
  2. Watermelon Gazpacho: For a refreshing summer soup, trying this delightful spin on gazpacho from a Reform synagogue's congregational cookbook.
  3. Moon and Stars Watermelon Calypso Bean Salad: This watermelon salad pays tribute to the popular Israeli crop that’s perfect for a hot day in Israel and beyond - and a spicy kick from jalapeno and fresh lime give this dish a little bit of Latin flair.

What's your favorite way to enjoy watermelon? Leave a comment and let us know! 

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Kate Bigam Kaput is the digital communications manager for the Union for Reform Judaism and, in this role, serves as a content manager and editor for A prolific essayist and lifestyle blogger, Kate's writing has been featured in The Washington PostEsquire, Woman's Day, Cleveland Magazine,, Jewish Women Archive, and more. Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University, and currently lives in Cleveland with her husband, Mike.

Kate Bigam Kaput

Published: 7/22/2019

Categories: Jewish Life, Food and Recipes, Israel
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