Summer means it’s time for watermelon, and trying new watermelon recipes is the best way to enjoy this diverse melon that’s in-season in melon farm fields across the South and now hitting markets shelves. Fresh watermelon slices are full of vitamins and sweet natural juices, but you’re missing out if you’re only enjoying watermelon by the slice. Find some summertime recipes below to try to beat the summer heat.

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A cool drink on a hot day is just the ticket, and this Watermelon Punch is sure to quench any thirst. Louisiana experiences a lot of hot weather that’s perfect for growing watermelons. For this recipe, you’ll need a whole watermelon, limes, sugar and water. After making a simple syrup with the water and sugar, you’ll mix it with the pureed pink fruit of the watermelon and fresh lime juice. Served chilled, Watermelon Punch offers the best of Louisiana’s summer watermelon. Find the full recipe here.

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Watermelon Strawberry-Mint Salsa

South Carolina is in the top 10 watermelon-producing states in the country, and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture recommends this Watermelon Strawberry-Mint Salsa to go alongside grilled chicken seasoned with jerk spices or marinade. The salsa combines sweet watermelon, onion, strawberries, jalapeno chilies and lime juice with the tang of mint leaves. See the recipe and directions here.

Open Face Watermelon Sandwiches

Florida is the leading producer of watermelon in the country. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers a unique recipe for enjoying summer’s sweetest melon with these Open Face Watermelon Sandwiches. These wedges of layered thin bread, goat cheese, watermelon wedges, and mint garnish are sure to be a hit with all ages. Find the full recipe here.

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