20 Feb Power Food: Watermelon Fruit Leather
The Power Food this week is Watermelon! The watermelon can be classed as both a fruit and a vegetable. They can be a fruit because it grows from a seed, has a sweet refreshing flavor, and is loosely considered a type of melon. It is a vegetable because it is a member of the same family as the cucumber, pumpkins, and squash. Watermelon is also harvested and cleared from fields like other vine growing vegetables. By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew. There are more than 1200 varieties of watermelon that come in various weights, shapes, sizes and red, orange, yellow or white in color. They’re called watermelon for a reason. They’re 92 percent water, making them a perfect refresher for those hot summer months.
Watermelons are mostly water, about 92 percent, but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Vitamin A is involved in immune function, vision, reproduction, and cellular communication. Vitamin A is critical for vision as an essential component of rhodopsin, a protein that absorbs light in the retinal receptors, and because it supports the normal differentiation and functioning of the conjunctival membranes and cornea. This is what gives Watermelon its “night vision” superpower!
Easy to Make Homemade Watermelon Fruit Leather
Watermelon is an easy fruit to squeeze into your children’s diet. Follow this recipe from Baked by Rachel for your child and you to make these delicious treats to have anytime!