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Market Watch with Timaree Hagenburger: Watermelon

All the details on watermelon, their nutrition and a fantastic way to use them in a refreshing summer drink

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Timaree Hagenburger is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in public health. She is also a nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento and a food lover who likes sharing tips and tricks on how to enjoy fresh California fruits and vegetables—including a summertime favorite: watermelon.

Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research on foods high in lycopene. Lycopene is especially important for cardiovascular health. In addition, watermelon has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of vitamin B6.

Picking the fantastic watermelon is quite an art: You want a melon that is heavy for its size, with dull skin and a big, yellowed "field spot" where the melon has been resting in the sun ripening on the vine. Remember: The highest level of available antioxidants, especially lycopene, in watermelon are found right after it has been cut, before being refrigerated.

To learn more nutrition facts about California-grown fruits and vegetables, and more about Timaree Hagenburger and her new book, "The Foodie Bar Way," visit


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