Try these refreshing watermelon recipes for new ways with a favourite fruit.
WATERMELON AND SNOW FUNGUS DELIGHT
20g snow fungus, soaked in water till plump
200g fresh purple (dioscorea) yam (huai shan)
350g watermelon flesh, cut into bite-sized pieces
1.6 litres water
2 dried figs
10g sweet and bitter almonds
80g sugar cane rock sugar
75g rock sugar
Cut the white fungus, yam and watermelon into pieces.
Place the water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Add in the snow fungus and dried figs. Bring back to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
Add in watermelon and simmer for a further 15 to 20 minutes. Add the yam and sugars. Cook for 15 minutes more.
Dish out and serve hot or warm.
REFRESHING WATERMELON SALAD
1 1/2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp mustard sauce
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
250g watermelon flesh
125g rocket leaves
50g macadamia nuts
freshly ground black pepper, to taste
50g cheddar slices, cut into strips
Mix all the dressing ingredients together. Cut watermelon flesh into cubes and rinse rocket leaves.
Combine rocket leaves, watermelon and macadamia nuts in a salad bowl.
Drizzle with the dressing and sprinkle freshly-ground black pepper over. Top with cheddar slices and serve immediately.
WATERMELON AND LYCHEE COOLER
300g watermelon flesh, cubed
2 tbsp caster sugar
2 tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice
3 tbsp lychee syrup from the tin
2 to 3 sprigs mint leaves
4 or 5 lychees (tinned)
Place the watermelon and sugar into a food processor and blend till quite smooth.
Pour the mixture into a shaker. Add in lemon juice, lychee syrup, some mint leaves and ice cubes. Shake lightly.
Pour out into individual serving glasses. Top with whole lychees and mint leaves.