Bite into a watermelon and just feel the summer around you.
The huge dappled green skins of these taste monsters are piled high in the supermarkets and are a wonderful addition to any meal.
Watermelons are the fruit of a vine-like (scrambler and trailer) herb from southern Africa and are actually a type of berry that botanists refer to as a pepo. They are largely known as a melon and are sweet in flavour and range from pink to yellow and orange in colour.
Watermelons are thought to have originated in southern Africa and there is evidence of their cultivation in the Nile Valley as far back as the 2nd millenium BC. They do not feature on the walls of the Egyptian tombs but numerous watermelon seeds were recovered from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen.
By the 10th Century AD they were being cultivated in China which are the biggest producers of the fruit today.
Japan has come up with a way to grow square watermelons, they put them in perspex boxes and they grow into the shape of the box. Take a look here…
Watermelons are enjoyed the world over and their sweet pink flesh brings smiles to everyone in their summery season. They can be used in sweet or savoury dishes and are wonderful on their own, served as hand-held wedges. A delightful end to your meal that's easy on the pocket too.
Cool down with this rose petal and watermelon cooler.
Or try this refreshing berry and watermelon freeze for a summer drink or cocktail when you add some créme de cassis.
Chilled cucumber soup and watermelon granita, a beautiful starter for a summer lunch or balmy dinner.
This funky watermelon carpaccio starter is easy and looks beautiful on a plate. You could also serve it as a light lunch dish.
How about a lovely fresh salad? Try the Caribbean chicken salad for something different and light.
Watermelons make a great preserve and a delicious with a cheese platter.
What do you like to do with watermelon?
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