A few weeks ago I was at someone’s house and they served me room temperature watermelon. The hostess said that’s how she liked it. I had never eaten it that way before and I have to admit it wasn’t very good, but according to the new issue of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, room temperature watermelon is better for us than cold watermelon.
The study showed that the amount of beta carotene doubled and the amount of lycopene went up 20 percent in room temperature watermelons.
“But we don’t want people to think they can take cut watermelon and just leave it out in room temperature, because that’s a safety issue … If it’s cut, you want to leave it in the fridge,” she advised. “If it’s uncut, it’s perfectly alright to leave it on the counter for a day or two … “