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Mmmmm, watermelon!

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A frugal treat during summer is watermelon. Whether you grow them yourself in your garden, or watch ads for when they go on deep discount at the grocery stores, watermelon is a great deal.

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There are 46 calories in each cup of watermelon, making them a dieter's delight. They are made up of 92 % water. But sometimes you may want to enjoy watermelon another way. Here are three recipes that are sure to tempt you.

Watermelon Lemonade

Ingredients
2 cups granulated sugar


3 cups fresh lemon juice (12 to 15 lemons)


3 quarts cold water


2 cups watermelon puree

  • Dissolve sugar in lemon juice.
  • Add water and stir.
  • Add watermelon puree and mix thoroughly
  • Fill glasses with ice and watermelon lemonade.

Watermelon Sorbet

1 1/2 pounds watermelon, weighed without seeds or skin


1 1/4 cups granulated sugar


2 cinnamon sticks


2 tablespoons coriander seeds, crushed


3 tablespoons lemon juice

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Puree watermelon.
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In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in 2 cups water.
  • Add cinnamon sticks and coriander seeds and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Cover and leave to infuse until cold.


  • Strain syrup into the watermelon puree and stir in lemon juice.
  • Pour mixture into a container.
  • Cover and freeze until firm, beating 3 times at 45-minute intervals.


  • About 30 minutes before serving, transfer the sorbet to the refrigerator.

Watermelon-Strawberry Slush

1 cup hulled fresh strawberries


1 1/2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon


3 tablespoons granulated sugar


3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


1 cup ice cubes

  • Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  • Pour into glasses and serve.

You can learn about watermelon and all its nutritional values at http://www.watermelon.org.

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