Easy Peasy Summer Melons

Easy Peasy Summer Melons

Summer time means summer fruit… watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, and everything in between!  We love melon season but sometimes the thought of cutting one up is more effort than I want to give.  Fortunately, there is an easy way to do this.  Maybe you know this trick already, but if you don’t, maybe this will help you enjoy your summer fruits a little more this year!

First, wash your melon with water and whatever cleaner you prefer.  Simple vinegar will do nicely, or you can use a grapefruit oil based wash, or even food grade hydrogen peroxide.  This just helps remove any unwanted bacteria or residue before you slice in to it.

Now that your melon is clean, slice off both ends with a sharp knife.

Once you have the ends off, you now have a flat base with which to work.  Stand your melon up on one of the ends, and with a sharp knife, carefully slice off the sides.

Keep working your way around until you have cleared the whole melon.

Now that you have removed the rind, cutting it into pieces is super easy!  I like to cube mine for easier eating.  You could always slice or wedge it instead, depending on how you intend to use it.

So that brings us to the fun part- what will you do with it now?  Other than just indulge in it’s amazing melony goodness as it is?

How about this recipe:

Cantaloupe Sorbet

1 small cantaloupe, peeled, seeded and cubed

1 lime, juice of

Pinch Sea Salt

1T. maple syrup

1/4c. water

1/4t. cardamom, ginger, or cayenne

Place cubed cantaloupe in a freezer safe dish and freeze overnight.  When frozen, remove from the freezer and place the cubes in a food processor.  Add the lime, salt, and maple syrup.  Blend, adding water slowly as needed to achieve desired consistency.  You may need to add more water, but do so slowly and blend thoroughly between additions.  Add spices and mix completely.

Place the sorbet in a freezer safe container and freeze again for at least two hours before serving.  When you’re ready for a treat, remove and dish up!  You’ll love this simple and healthy dessert on a hot summer’s day!

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