20 July 2009

Summer Watermelon Refreshment

So let's say you buy an awesome organic watermelon and you have an overgrowing basil plant that needs to be used up. What's the next logical step. A salad? A salsa?

If you don't have central air conditioning and it's nice and hot out, your answer is a smoothie. A washer and dryer to the person who guessed. Okay, not really.

The smoothie is a result of the above conditions and Ian's sweet tooth, which meant we sweetened it with honey. Sugar or blue agave would work just fine in this concoction. I've seen some people strain this concoction so it's like water, but really, what's the point? It's blended fruit, what can be better? You can adjust the honey to whatever sweetness suits you, but we ended up with just a dab.

Watermelon Basil Fruit Puree

1/2 organic watermelon, seeded
1 tbsp. chopped fresh basil (dried just won't do the trick, so don't bother)
1 1/2 tsp. honey (adjust as needed)

1. Remove watermelon from rind and place in blender along with basil and honey
2. Add ice if you want to dilute, or pour into container for refrigeration.

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