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National Watermelon Day!

August 3, 2009

As the temperatures soar, it takes a cool, refreshing treat to satisfy our taste-buds. There is nothing like a juicy piece of watermelon to do the job. Today is the perfect day to cut yourself a slice of this ripe fruit as August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. Check out these tasty recipes below and see why this big fruit gets a special day all to itself!

Watermelon Granita-Filled Lime Cups

These mini melon look-a-likes will delight your guests!

watermelon granita

12 limes (reserve 2 tablespoons juice)
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
4 cups watermelon cubes
1/2 cup currants or raisins Crushed ice (optional)

1. To make lime cups: Cut limes in half lengthwise; cut
around pulp of each half with sharp knife, leaving peel
intact. Scoop out pulp, using spoon to loosen pulp from
peel, and reserve 2 tablespoons lime juice for granita.
Set lime cups aside.

2. Stir together sugar and water in small saucepan; Bring
to a boil and then cool slightly.

3. Place watermelon in a food processor; pulse to puree
watermelon. Pour pureed watermelon into colander to
strain out seeds, forcing watermelon through with back
of spoon, if needed.

4. Stir reserved lime juice and cooled sugar mixture into
pureed watermelon. Pour into 13x9x2-inch pan; freeze
until firm, about 4 hours.

5. To serve, scrape frozen watermelon mixture with a
spoon to make granita. Stir in currants. Mound granita
in lime cups; serve on bed of crushed

Watermelon Popsicles

Frozen treats for hot summer days.


1 watermelon, cut in chunks
1/2 cup kiwi, chopped
1/2 cup strawberries, chopped

1. Puree watermelon and pour into
popsicle molds.

2. Drop in chunks of fresh fruit, insert caps and place in
freezer. Serve when frozen.

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