Have you tried an orange watermelon? No it’s not a typo, I meant ‘orange’. Wandering around the farmer’s market the other day I noticed a sign for orange watermelon. I had to ask – “What’s an orange watermelon?”
The vendor gave me a sample and yum! The flesh is the same texture as a red watermelon and the flavor is not quite as sweet with a hint of melon taste. Mine was seedless. I noticed the rind was thicker than a regular watermelon but that’s fine, it composted just fine. Apparently this baby was developed in the 60s. First time I’ve had one and I’m a fan. It also made heavenly sorbet 🙂 I bet it would be good in watermelon gazpacho too.
If you’ve never had one, try something new. By the way, I’m usually a laggard so if you all have been chomping away on these bad boys let me know how else you use them.
I love summertime. It’s hot, you can go to the pool, wear cute shorts and best of all, sorbet tastes wonderful!
Here’s a super easy recipe to make your own. I used greek yogurt but you can use low-fat flavored yogurt if you prefer. This example uses blackberries but if they aren’t your favorite, substitute with your favorite fruit. This is my go-to sorbet and I make it with all fruits – pineapple, kiwi, cherry, peach, cherry, raspberry, etc.
Blackberry Blast Sorbet
1 lb pkg frozen blackberries (use fresh when they are in season if you can get them)
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. greek yogurt (I like Fage brand)
Directions: mix in food processor until smooth, freeze and enjoy!
I grew up with a mother who canned. We rarely had veggies from a can, just popped down to the basement or pantry to grab a jar of fresh goodness. It seems nowadays that most people don’t garden or know how to can. Luckily, both of these pastimes are making a comeback. There are 2 types of canning – water bath and pressure canning. I took a water bath canning class from The Gardener’s Kitchen in Cary last weekend. Water bath is used for fruits and tomatoes or other low acid veggies. Pressure canning takes care of the rest. Water bath canning is super easy and I was surprised how much I remembered from watching my mom growing up. We made blackberry jam and then used that jam to make sorbet which was super tasty and finished it off by enjoying a glass of sparkling wine. It was a lovely afternoon and I highly recommend trying water bath canning. Many co-op extension offices offer canning during the summer so try it out. Your family and friends would love to receive something from your garden or that you canned yourself. You can even go to the farmer’s market, purchase a bunch of fruit and freeze it to can later when you have time. Just think, if we planted even one or two items and froze or canned the proceeds what a difference it would make on our eco-footprint on this earth.
Do you can? Did someone you know can growing up? Share your thoughts and favorite memories.