Sweet watermelon

Sweet Watermelon

Watermelon sweet near Grafton Northern Rivers

What could be better on a hot day than 5kg of delicious watermelon? Grown in the lush area of the Northern Rivers, near Grafton NSW,  and a bit bigger than normal. Whilst these are seedless they are grown from seeds. The seeds are produced by seed crossing – diploid with tetaploid lines of watermelon and this produces sterile triploid plants which are seedless of course. This hot weather is absolutely the best for creating sweeter flesh.

 

When using watermelon in cooking think only that it can be added to many things. Like: add to skewers (great with haloumi and feta), to salads, last topping for stir-fry, add to the plate with any meat or fish dish. It creates colour and that little flash of sweetness.

For some holidays are here so you’ll have a bit of time and if you have kids, or a kid at heart, then these recipes are fun to do.

  • Watermelon Dippers
  • Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Dippers

Watermelon Dippers
Recipe Type: Dip
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
This Fresh Dip with a Hint of Sweetness Makes a Treat Kids Will Love
Ingredients
  • 225g sour cream
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • watermelon sticks or small wedges
Instructions
  1. Blend together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a small serving bowl.
  2. Use as a dip for the watermelon.

Watermelon Smoothie

 

Watermelon Smoothie
Recipe Type: Drink
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender container. Blend until smooth.

 

 

Watermelon recipes

Watermelon Recipes

Here is a creative idea for watermelon a Birthday Cake from Frances in South Turramurra

Birthday cake watermelon from Frances South Turramurra

Recipes for watermelon

  • Watermelon Dippers a treat for kids
  • Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
  • Watermelon, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Syrup
  • Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Dippers

 

Watermelon Dippers
Recipe Type: Snack
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
This Fresh Dip with a Hint of Sweetness Makes a Treat Kids Will Love
Ingredients
  • 225g sour cream
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • watermelon sticks or small wedges
Instructions
  1. Blend together the sour cream, sugar and vanilla in a small serving bowl.
  2. Use as a dip for the watermelon.

Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

Watermelon & Prosciutto Salad with Honey Vinaigrette
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1/4 pound prosciutto, sliced very thin and cut into strips
  • 115g goat cheese or Feta, crumbled
  • 3 tbs honey
  • 2 tbs Champagne vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1 tbs canola oil or other neutral flavoured vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, toss together the watermelon, prosciutto, and cheese. Place individual servings onto chilled salad plates.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, and oil. Drizzle a tablespoon or two over each salad serving. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of each salad.

Watermelon, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Syrup

 

Watermelon, Basil, & Mozzarella Salad with Balsamic Syrup
Recipe Type: Salad
Author: Harvest Hub
Ingredients
  • 4 cups watermelon cubes
  • 500gms fresh mozzarella balls
  • 2 tbs fresh basil, minced
  • 2 cups balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. In a small pot, bring the balsamic vinegar to a boil. Continue to boil until it has reduced to about 1/2 cup and has a syrup like consistency. Set aside and allow to completely cool. If you have time, you can make the balsamic syrup ahead of time and refrigerate it for later.
  2. In a large bowl, gently toss together the watermelon, basil, and mozzarella. If you are using the larger size mozzarella balls, first cut them into bite-size pieces.
  3. Put servings of the salad onto chilled plates. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper on top of each salad.

 

Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon Smoothie
Recipe Type: Smoothie
Author: Harvest Hub
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seeded watermelon chunks
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender container. Blend until smooth.