Watermelon is mainly used as a thirst quencher. Vendors with small carts filled with water melons and few glasses under a tree's shade is a common sight during summer. The vendor would scoop the sweet, juicy melon into a glass. He will add some crushed ice and slightly whisk with a spoon. Sipping a glass of iced melons on a hot summer afternoon is purely heaven.
Watermelon is loaded with vitamins too. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A and vitamin B6. In addition, watermelon it contains thiamin, potassium and magnesium.
I have the memories of my hostel days in college associated with watermelon. The summers were unbearable. In the hostel premises, watermelons and tender coconuts were sold. March being the last month of the semester,many of us felt the cash crunch. We would have spent most of our money in arranging farewell for our roommates, buying gifts, developing photos etc. None of our parents gave money for spending lavishly. We all were given just the amount needed for hostel fees and other normal expenses. So we had to save every penny for the farewell parties and gifts. Apart from that, we had to find money for watermelons. Those were the simple pleasures we enjoyed. In my room, we were 8 of us. We took turns in buying watermelon. So everyday one melon will be brought and we will cut in the evening. And it was my duty to cut it and I enjoyed doing it. Those days one watermelon would cost around Rs.8. It will be big enough that all of us would get a fairly big slice. Even now, whenever I cut watermelons, those memories rush back like it was yesterday.
I prefer to eat watermelons as it is. But my husband prefers juice. So I make this. There isn't any fixed recipe for this. Taking the cue, you can make as you like.
You will need
Watermelon cubes - 4 cup
fresh/dried mint - 1 tspn
honey - 1 tablespoon
lime juice - 1 tspn
Few pieces of watermelon for garnish.
Liquidize the watermelon cubes, mint,honey and lime juice in a mixer grinder or a juicer. Pour into a glass. Garnish with bite sized cubes and sprinkle mint if desired. This yields two glasses of juice.