Watermelon - it’s delicious, low in calories and bursting with vitamins and nutrients. And, because it’s 92% water, it’s great at helping you stay hydrated.
But aside from eating it in chunks, it can sometimes be tricky to think of other ways to use a whole one up.
Don’t worry though, we’ve got a few fun tricks up our sleeves - and some food waste solutions to boot - so you can easily use up every inch of the fruit.
1. Ice lollies
This recipe is so quick and easy, it's one that the kids will love to get involved with.
Just cut up 1 pound of watermelon, remove the seeds and throw it in the blender with 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice and 1 tablespoon of sugar - feel free to add more or less lime and sugar to suit your tastes.
Once it’s fully blended, put the mix to a popsicle mold with a popsicle stick and sit them in the freezer for at least 5 hours, or preferably overnight.
And that’s it. A delicious, healthy treat for kids and adults alike.
2. Smoothie in a watermelon bowl
So cool and so refreshing, this drink can be made into a real showstopper.
Not only is the smoothie made from the watermelon flesh, but you can even serve it inside the melon itself. It looks super cool, and it’s a great way to prevent the rind going to waste.
Start by cutting a small bit off the bottom of the watermelon without touching the flesh, just so it’ll sit securely on a table. Then cut off the top, making sure you do cut into the flesh here, because next you’ll need to cut out the watermelon flesh with either a knife or a melon baller.
To make the smoothie, put 2 pounds of the cubed watermelon flesh into a blender with 10oz of frozen strawberries and blend it until it’s smooth.
Pour the smoothie into your homemade watermelon bowl and serve it with plenty of straws so everyone can help themselves.
For something a little more sophisticated, how about watermelon sorbet?
The recipe is fairly simple and it’s a great, healthy treat.
Just combine 200g white sugar and 225ml water in a small saucepan and bring it to the boil. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then set it aside until it’s cool.
In the meantime, add 5 pounds of seedless watermelon flesh to a blender. Once it’s smooth, put it in a bowl and mix it with the cool sugar-water mix and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
Pour it into a dish, cover, and put it in the freezer for around 8 hours, or until firm.
When it comes to serving, you can even garnish it with some fresh mint leaves for some added freshness.
4. Grilled watermelon
Grilling watermelon might sound a little strange, but honestly, it’s delicious.
In a bowl, combine the juice and zest of 1 lime, 85g honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Brush this over your watermelon wedges and grill them for around 2 minutes on each side, just until grill marks start to form.
Serve with fresh mint and sea salt, and we guarantee they’ll go down an absolute treat.
5. Ice cubes
If you fancy something even simpler, try making these watermelon ice cubes. They’re great for adding to water - not only will it keep your drink cool and refreshing, but the fruit injects a really nice sweetness to it too.
All you have to do is cut your watermelon flesh into chunks, then put those chunks in the freezer.
It’s as easy as that.