The watermelon is worth its weight in goodness. It is certainly an iconic fruit here in the United State, right up there with hot dogs and Creemees when the summer months knock at the door and flood through the windows. Even the Egyptians, 5,000 years ago, thought highly of this aromatic fruit, so much so that they drew it on the walls of tombs and made sure the dearly departed had plenty of watermelon on hand for their journey.
Watermelon is cultivated and enjoyed in nearly 100 countries. Overseas explorers and America’s frontiersmen valued it so much that they took watermelon along in lieu of canteens. Africa is believed to be watermelon’s country of origin. People there have long enjoyed it alongside salty cheese, such as Feta. Which is a splendid idea we can readily savor just as we imagine it. And so, without further ado, here are 3 refreshing ways to serve watermelon. Have you tried any of these?
Watermelon Feta & Basil Bites – You’ll need, well, the obvious ingredients we just listed in any quantity that suits your fancy, and short skewers. Alternate watermelon cubes, feta and basil on each skewer. If you keep the watermelon cube for last, you’ll be able to stand the skewers on end for a dynamic presentation. Some people like to serve with soy sauce or sesame sauce for dipping.
Watermelon Popsicle Wedges – Even kids who don’t like fruit fall for frozen watermelon. Simply cut in wedges, rind and all, about 3 inches wide rind-side. Freeze for three hours. Voilà! And a variation, for good measure: Dip into chocolate sauce before freezing. Or chocolate sauce and chopped nuts.
Watermelon Mango Salad – You’ll need about 1 cup diced watermelon and 1/2 cup diced mango for every serving. Combine in a large bowl or on individual dishes. Drizzle generously with fresh lime juice and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve as is or on a bed of greens. Optional: add color with fresh, chopped cilantro.
Bonus Serving Suggestion: If you grow your own, try Japanese style. They encase the growing fruit in square glass boxes. It would certainly be a conversation piece on the table when you have guests, and it stores perfectly in the refrigerator.