Drink Watermelon This Summer
Watermelon definitely tops the list of foods that people love to eat in the summer. It is a refreshing, delicious and thirst-quenching fruit. Its rich nutritional profile means it is also immensely good for your health.
Watermelon is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and vitamins C, A and B. Plus, it has potassium along with other important minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also contains enzymes, organic acids and natural sugars. All these nutrients are highly helpful in bearing and fighting against the bad effects of summer season.
The water content in watermelon is also extremely helpful in keeping the body hydrated during the hot summer months. It also helps:
In controlling blood pressure
In hydrating body
In improving eye health
In reducing skin pigmentation
In making mood pleasant
In keeping kidneys healthy
In reducing body fat
In controlling cholesterol
In keeping skin fresh and moisturized
In formation of red blood platelets
This fruit is pretty juicy stuff. Which means it's also pretty easy to turn your favorite hot-pink summer treat into something sippable. Watermelon has a great affinity for tart lime and delicately flavored spirits; from mild to wild, these refreshing watermelon drinks will make any summer get-together an exciting event. Here are a few of our favorite recipes for summer watermelon drinks:
Watermelon And Musk Melon Granita Recipe (serves 2)
200 ml watermelon juice
200 ml musk melon juice
Dry ice crushed as much required
2 tsp sugar substitute
Few sprigs of mint to garnish
Put one teaspoon of sugar substitute in each juice.
Whisk the juice with the dry ice, while putting spoonful of dry ice one spoon at a time.
Until it resembles a sorbet or until the juice thickens and is a frozen sludge.
Put in a martini glass and garnish with mint leaves.
Alternatively, freeze the juice mix and blend to get the right consistency.
Watermelon Mint Drink (serves 4)
Rock salt1 tsp
Roasted cumin powder2 tsp
Ice cubes8 pieces
Cut the watermelon into medium size chunks and de-seed it. Also cut watermelon into small chunks and keep aside.
Pluck the mint leaves and wash them in water.
In a mixer grinder take watermelon, mint leaves, roasted cumin powder, rock salts and blitz into smooth juice.
Strain the juice using a strainer and pour into serving glasses.
Add ice cubes and serve chilled.
Fresh Watermelon and Cucumber Juice (serves 2)
2 cups (16 ounces) fresh watermelon juice from about 6 cups diced watermelon flesh
3/4 cup (6 ounces) fresh cucumber juice from about 1 large cucumber
1 1/2 teaspoons (1/4 ounce) fresh mint juice from about 15 mint leaves with stems
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) fresh lime juice from 1 to 2 limes
1 tablespoon sugar, optional
Stir juices together thoroughly (along with sugar, if using).
Add sugar if using
Divide between two ice-filled glasses and serve immediately, or
Keep refrigerated for up to a day and stir well before serving.
Watermelon Sweet Iced Tea (serves 5)
1 cup of granulated sugar
2 quarts of filtered water
6 individual black tea bags
12 cups of watermelon cut into chunks (about 6 cups puree)
Add the sugar and water to a large saucepan,
Bring to a boil and boil until sugar is completely dissolved and mixture is clear.
Remove from the heat, add the tea bags to the sugar water, cover and steep for 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, puree watermelon chunks in a blender or food processor in batches.
Strain and transfer to a serving jug.
Remove tea bags and add the tea to the watermelon puree.
Do not add ice. Stir and pour over ice filled glasses.
Watermelon Lemonade Slush (serves 2)
8 cups cubed up watermelon
2 cups water
2 quarts lemonade or preserved lemon juice
8 cups of ice
Make 2 quarts of lemonade and set aside.
Put 4 cups cubed watermelon plus 1 cup of water into your blender and blend until smooth.
Pour mixture into a strainer and strain the juice into a separate bowl and discard the pulp.
Blend remaining 4 cups of watermelon and 1 cup of water. Strain the juice and discard pulp.
Combine your watermelon juice with the lemonade.
Pour 4 cups of ice into your blender. Pour watermelon lemonade over ice and blend until you reach desired consistency of your slush.
Repeat with remaining ice and lemonade.
Pour into cups and garnish with a watermelon slice.
Popularity of Watermelon In Pakistan
Pakistan is generally self-sufficient in the production of water melons. With the arrival of summer the natural gifts from the nature also come to the aid of people struggling with the scorching heat and harsh sunshine, one of the useful fruits of the summer is the water melon. The water melon is usually consumed in the peak of summer in the months of April, May and June.
There are more than 1,200 varieties of watermelon ranging in size from less than a pound, to more than 200 pounds with flesh that is red, orange, yellow or white. Watermelon is highly cultivated in Punjab province of Pakistan where the crop gets proper temperature and favorable conditions. Below in the map highest watermelon producing area in Pakistan is shown.