My Favorite Recipes – Watermelon Soup

A great addition to any summer meal

I couldn’t let the summer go by without recommending this delicious recipe to you. I think I’ve made four batches so far this summer, and there will surely be more before we swing into fall.

Watermelon soup is very tasty. It is helpful in alleviating depression and is a natural diuretic.  Watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes, which have been helpful in protecting against certain cancers.

Here, then, is the recipe, always a crowd pleaser at home, potlucks and picnics! Try it!

WATERMELON SOUP

5 cups watermelon, seeded and cubed
2 cups mango, peeled and diced
 ¼ cup lime juice
3 Tbs. fresh mint, chopped
1 Tbs. fresh ginger, minced
1 Tbs. honey
1/8 tsp ground cardamom 

  1. Place 3 ½ cups watermelon and 1 cup mango in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Dice up the remaining 1 ½ cups watermelon and 1 cup mango into a puree and add to the puree.
  3. In a small, separate bowl, combine the lime juice, mint, ginger, honey, and cardamom.  Add this to the previous mixture and stir well.
  4. Chill and serve.
Alissa Cohen –Living on Live Food

Such beautiful food!
For those of you who love learning more about the nutrient values of your food, here is some additional information about  this slurpy, wonderful fruit.

It is cold, sweet, and alkalinizing, and while it is very sweet  tasting, it contains only half as much sugar as an apple does.  It is also a good source of beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and silicon.  The inner, pale green rind of watermelon contains chlorophyll and can be eaten along with the pink meat. The fruit’s black seeds contain curcurbocitrin,  which dilates the capillaries, and are a traditional remedy for strengthening the kidneys. If that isn’t enough good news for this slurpy,wonderful fruit, here’s some more. 
Watermelon has antibacterial, antioxidant, anticoagulant, diuretic, and laxative properties. It lubricates the intestines, and is considered a rejuvenating tonic for the blood.  It has been used in treatments for halitosis, hangover, mouth sores, sore  throat, and urethral pain.
When on the vine, the melon develops a white spot where it touches the ground;  when this white spot turns yellow or cream colored, it indicates ripeness.  A ripe melon will be heavy for is size, have a sweet fragrance, have skin that can be scraped off easily with a fingernail, and make a dull, hollow sound when thumped.

Beautiful Watermelon Salad

Watermelon is best enjoyed on its own, but you can add it to other melons in a fruit salad, juice it, or freeze the pure`e for a cool watermelon sorbet.  Or, for a truly invigorating watermelon tonic that will help build the blood and strengthen the glands, try juicing the seeds, rind, and pink meat all together, assuming you’re working with an organic melon.

Let us know how you like to have your watermelon.
 
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