The best thing about summer is fruit. As I sit here writing this, I am eating some of the best Washington Sweet Cherries that I have had in years. I love fruit. Cherries and grapes to snack on. Peaches, raspberries and apples for pies. A nice frozen mango for a smoothie. The list could go on and on.
But my all time favorite summer fruit is watermelon. What is not to love about watermelon? It is so perfectly sweet and refreshing on a hot day. Watermelon has a beautiful color and really dresses up any party setting. It is a great source of Vitamin C and cancer-fighting lycopene.
Watermelon is really a symbol for all things summer and almost magical when it appears at the local Farmer’s Market.
I love watermelon just like it is but if you have kids, they might just enjoy these Watermelon Pops as a snack after a long day of fun and play. They make great desserts for after dinner too!
- ½ cup of heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup of chopped watermelon
- ¼ cup of pureed watermelon
- ¼ cup of sugar
- Combine all ingredients into a kitchen mixer (cream, pureed watermelon, and sugar) . Blend until sugar is well dissolved. Then pour into pop molds halfway. Add a few pieces of watermelon. Then pour the rest to fill just about to the top. Place in freezer for about 3 plus hours or until completely frozen. You can run under hot water to release from a plastic mold. ENJOY!
Tips for choosing a good watermelon:
Choose one that is free from bruises and firm. It should also be heavy for its size.
Watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat while it ripened in the sun. A white or light green spot may mean it was harvested prematurely, which will negatively affect its taste, texture and juiciness. Usually, the larger the spot, the sweeter the melon.
Pam Buttikofer is a co-founder of Imperfect Women. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband of 37 years and enjoys spending time with her husband, sons and her lovable pups.