Joyous Watermelon

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smUnknown-1Is watermelon medicinal? Well, it is full of water and sugar and considered a nutrient dense food with high amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and a low amount of calories. After the cyclone and the drought in Vanuatu, the melon saved the day for locals and visitors. When most other fruit was still taking its time to grow, watermelon was here for us in abundance. Light, refreshing, sweet and yum, everyone loves the summer taste of watermelon. It is one of those fruits that everyone knows how to eat, but that’s about it! So for this issue, I thought to explore a few tasty watermelon recipes.

Watermelon Ice-blocks

Crush 3 cups of watermelon in the blender with ½ cup mint leaves and ½ cup sugar. Pour into paper muffin cups, freeze until just frozen, about an hour, then put the wooden stick into it. Freeze and take out when you are feeling the need to quench your thirst.

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Watermelon Salsa

This salsa is perfect with chicken or beef dishes that are a little spicy.

1 cup diced watermelon.

½ cup of sliced spring onion.

½ cup mint leaves slightly bruised with your fingers.

1Tbsp olive oil.

A squeeze of lemon juice.

Mix all ingredients well together and you are ready to go.

smUnknown-2The Margarita

1 cup watermelon without the pips.

1 shot of tequila.

Squeeze of lemon/lime juice.

2 Tbsp sugar syrup.

1Tbsp triple sec liqueur.

Blend all ingredients together. Pour into a wide Margarita glass and line the rim of the glass with lemon then salt. Cheers to that.

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The Smoothie

Use banana or cauliflower – yes you heard right. Just to bulk it up.

½ cup Banana or cauliflower.

1 cup watermelon.

1 cup natural yoghurt.

1 cup berries.

Blend away and enjoy it.

The “salade”

Cut the watermelon into edible slices without pips.

½ cup mint leaves.

1Tbsp lemon juice.

1 Tbsp olive oil.

½ cup nangae nuts.

Watercress.

Cracked pepper.

Mix all the ingredients together carefully, so as not to break the watermelon. Serve with feta or goat’s cheese as an accompaniment to a good grilled steak, fish fillet or chicken breast.

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