watermelon with sugar & mint

August 25th, 2008


It was a super lovely weekend here in brooklyn, and like always, I’m sad to see it go. We veered away from our normal routine and headed into the city to visit the Union Square Greenmarket, which is about 3 times the size of our usual market in Brooklyn and full of goodies. I made a list before we left home so I wouldn’t buy every pretty fruit or vegetable I saw… I was pretty good about sticking to it, until I saw the cutest little watermelon. Weird, I know, but it was just a little bigger than my fist, the perfect city-size, plus it was yellow… something new to try.

I brought it home and cut it open for an afternoon snack and it was oh-so-lovely. I wanted to jazz it up with a little something, so I mixed some sugar and fresh mint in my mortar and pestle. The result? Awesomely delicious. You might think that it sounds silly to add sugar to watermelon, but in fact it not only added a touch of sweetness, it also provided a nice textural contrast. It’s a hit my friends, try it out and you will see.

watermelon with sugar and mint

1 Tablespoon sugar
4-5 mint leaves
1 watermelon, cut in little chunks

In a mortar and pestle, combine sugar and mint leaves. Crush leaves until mixture becomes greenish and leaves are well integrated into sugar.
Cut melon into small, dippable chunks, about and inch square.
Dip and eat!

Comments: 3 Total

  1. PaniniKathy

    August 27, 2008 at 1:25 am

    What a refreshing treat! The yellow watermelon somehow looks especially refreshing (maybe because it makes me think of citrus).

  2. G

    August 27, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    WoW! That looks great! I didn’t know we had access to yellow flesh watermelons in the US. Super!

  3. Joanna in the kitchen

    August 29, 2008 at 4:41 am

    What a great and simple idea. Very simple and so original. I can show off in front of my friends. Thanks very much for such a lovely inspiration.

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