Another couple of ideas of what you could do with watermelon include making a watermelon granita (which is similar to sorbet) or a delicious juice. The recipes are simple to follow so you don’t need to be a top chef with restaurant insurance to make these! Interested? Read on.
A nice way to use your ripe summer fruit, is to make a watermelon granita. A granita is similar to sorbet. Instead of churning it in an ice cream maker, it’s chilled in the freezer and every so often mixed with a fork to make crunchy, sticky, crystal-like granules.
To make a watermelon granita, you’ll need a watermelon with its white pith and seeds removed, 1 punnet of ripe strawberries, 1 tbsp rose water, 1 tsp sea salt, 1 cup (240ml) water and 1 cup (225g) caster sugar.
First, chop the watermelon into small pieces, removing the seeds as you go along and chop up the strawberries. Place both the fruits into a blender with the salt and puree until smooth.
Over a medium heat, heat the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Then turn down and cook for 3 minutes before removing from the heat and allowing to cool down completely.
Stir the fruit juice along with the rose water once the sugar syrup has cooled. Pour into a roasting tray and place in the freezer.
After chilling for half an hour, drag a fork through the ice, working outside in (the outside will begin to freeze before the centre of the dish). You’ll need to continue to do this every half-hour until you have a set ice that is crystalline and has a rough texture. Serve in a chilled glass.
This recipe makes around 8 portions, enough to enjoy the summer with a few of your friends!
Watermelon juice is one of those drinks which we’ve experienced when on holiday, but not usually in the UK. It’s such a refreshing drink that’s easy to make.
The ingredients you’ll need include 1 watermelon, the juice of 1 lime, 1 cup (240ml) water and 1 cup (225g) sugar.
Heat the sugar and water in a small saucepan over a medium to low heat. Then stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove the pan from the heat and allow it to cool at room temperature.
While it’s cooling, put the watermelon in a blender until it’s smooth and strain through a sieve into a bowl.
Add the lime juice to the syrup and stir thoroughly. This recipe makes 3 pints of juice and should be served with ice. It’s makes a well chilled drink for a nice summer’s day or evening.