Watermelon Juice

I’ve spent a lot of time with watermelon recently and I discovered during that time that I love watermelon juice. Why? Because it takes that sweetness and ruby red color and distills it into a concentrated fruit nectar that can slake the most intense of thirsts. Vitamin C? Check. Vitamin A? Check. Lycopene, a health protective phytochemical? You betcha. Processed sugar? Not a drop. You will never think about Powerade again.

How to make it?

Start with one juicy watermelon. Seedless or full of seeds – it doesn’t matter.

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Next, peel the watermelon.

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Then chop the melon into roughly bite-sized chunks. At this point you’re going to need a fine straining device. The cheapest option is to use paint strainers. Don’t worry, it’s totally sanitary. You can wash them in hot water if it makes you feel better.

Below: Buy a couple of paint strainers from your local hardware store. Much cheaper than rice/almond/nut milk bags you get at natural food stores. I think it was about $2.

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Put your watermelon chunks into one of the paint strainers and methodically crush the watermelon chunks with your hands as the juice runs out into a large bowl. You could try putting the chunk-filled bag into a bowl and mashing it with a potato masher, too. Twisting the bag helps put pressure on the melon, like wringing out a towel.

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Lastly, view the glory of your watermelon juice! Best served really cold, by my taste.

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Field Trip: Sunshine Community Garden

I stopped by Sunshine Community Garden because I was in the neighborhood Sunday morning and I passed an amazing section of land with an abundance of produce growing on it. I just had to see what the lovely vegetation was.

A community garden is a plot of land where anyone can have their own patch of land – typically for a small fee ($90 per year at this garden for a 20′ x 20′ plot) to cover the costs of administering the operation. Sunshine also requires members to do a nominal amount of community service at the garden and at the School for the Blind, I’m told. The garden administration provides basics such as watering sources (spigot and hose) and oversight of the entire plot. Individual “renters” are responsible for tending their subdivisions.

You can grow an enormous amount of food on a 20′ x 20′ plot of land. I asked a gardener what she does with all of the food and she said that she gives it away. She said one man has three plots – 1,200 square feet of land! He could start his own farmer’s market. Hmmm… I smell a business opportunity!

I am seriously thinking about getting a half plot to learn more about growing. At the very least it would be a learning experience.

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Below: A gorgeous cabbage. Someone must have been very excited about it and fell out of the chair in the background. Tee hee. 😛

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Below: Some type of cabbage looking very green and delicious.

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Below: A kind gardener pulled up a young carrot for me to try right out of her garden. It was delicious, albeit on the small side. The other plan there is a piece of a chocolate mint plant. 

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