RECIPE: WATERMELON ICE

August 12th, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

It’s hot out there, people, which is why both recipes featured here on What About Watermelon this month will be ice cold and refreshing. Let me repeat – ice cold and refreshing. As if watermelon isn’t refreshing enough, right?

WATERMELON ICE

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups pureed watermelon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice

INSTRUCTIONS

In blender, process chunks of seeded watermelon until liquefied. In large shallow pan, stir all ingredients together until sugar is dissolved; place pan in freezer. Stir watermelon mixture every 20 minutes until frozen, about 2 hours. Cover; store in freezer. To serve, break mixture up with fork.

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IT’S SUMMERTIME, BABY!

June 21st, 2010 by The Watermelon Guy

June 21 marks the official start of summer and the official start of my favorite time of the year. Yes, it’s partly because it’s “watermelon season” (even though I always say that “watermelon season” is all year), but also because I’m an outdoor person and summer gives me a chance to get outdoors without the rain of the spring and the chill of autumn.

Of course, summer also means baseball season is in full swing. My calendar this summer is kind of crowded, but I like it that way.

Camping trips, golf outings, weekend vacations, baseball games (watched and played in), they’ll all be there. I’ll also be welcoming my own little watermelon in August. And by “watermelon,” I mean a baby boy or girl. It’ll be our first, and we’re not sure if it’s a boy watermelon or a girl watermelon, but either one will be pretty sweet!

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GOODBYE SUMMER, HELLO FALL

September 24th, 2009 by The Watermelon Guy

watermelonrindcloseupIt’s been a few day since summer ended and I’m still a little bummed out. Oh well. Autumn isn’t a bad season either, I guess.

What’s disappointing about the fall and winter seasons, however, is that many people tend to forget all about watermelon. Why is that? Don’t they know that if they look hard enough, that they’ll find watermelon in local grocery stores? Sure, you won’t find bins full of them right inside the entrance, but in most cases, they’re there somewhere. And you might pay a little more than you would in the summer months, but isn’t it worth it? For me it is. Even with the “off season” pricing, watermelon is still one of the best fruits around in terms of cost per pound.

The reason we’re able to purchase watermelon year round (and why watermelon should indeed be a year round snack) is because watermelons are grown year round in warmer climates like Central America and then shipped throughout the United States for watermelon junkies like me.

And even if the slightly higher price of winter watermelon is something that bothers you, you can still buy watermelon if you just look for ways to make it last longer. Instead of devouring half a watermelon in one sitting (like I often do, even in the winter), try stretching the watermelon out by using it in a variety of recipes. Or just indulging with smaller slices during the winter.

All I know is that I can’t live without watermelon, and price is no object when it comes to satisfying my cravings. And judging by some of the responses in this month’s poll, I’m not alone.

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