It’s melon season in Panama once again and there are trucks selling Sandias (watermelons) everywhere. The other day we bought a large one and I immediately made juice with half the fruit and combined it with mint and basil. I don’t strain it after I process it because it has plenty of dietary fiber as well as potassium. This beautiful fruit also has citrulline (it’s most concentrated in the rind) that’s said to improve artery function and lower blood pressure. This makes a 16 oz glass of juice perfect before or after exercising.
My favourite way to drink it is to poured about a cup into a large glass with plenty of ice and Club Soda. It’s so very refreshing on a hot day. As our watermelons always have plenty of seeds in them I’ve perfected the art of slicing around them and having very little waste before I process the flesh in the blender.
We’ve also been munching away on large chunks for breakfast and lunch. I try to cook with what I have on hand and last night I made a cucumber, watermelon and feta salad with plenty of mint and a honey, lemon dressing. SU called it “light and refreshing” so it’s a keeper in the recipe file.
We can buy a small melon for $1.00 or a really big one like this one for $3.00. We love Sandia Season especially when they are delivered right to the door…in the campo.