Watermelon Juice

 

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Watermelon Juice

Watermelon Juice is the elixir of summer.Watermelon is invariably a large fruit and a rich source of vital minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and smaller amounts of copper, iron and zinc. Its flesh is usually bright red in color.Watermelon is full of water and when you eat it, it makes you feel bloated. It is said, ‘Eat melon alone or leave it alone because it will make your stomach groan’. So ideally, don’t have a meal 30 minutes before or after eating melons.As in tomatoes, watermelon is laden with lycopene, the red carotenoid pigment that gives it the red color. Lycopene is an important anti-oxidant and is powerful in neutralising harmful free radicals in our body.

 

Watermelon is mainly a tropical fruit and it’s positively the best fruit to beat the scorching heat during summertime. Watermelon can be eaten in myriad ways- on its own, in fruit salads, or as juice. I like to freeze the watermelon juice to make popsicles. Eating a large portion of watermelon can make you feel heavy and bloated, try sipping on a little tea after eating watermelon; it will make you feel much better.

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Sometimes the watermelon is huge and you cannot finish it, then you can store it in the fridge by covering the remaining portion with cling film. Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits as it is cooling for the body in our sweltering climate.

As we all know watermelon is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon on a hot summer day is a juicy way to help you stay hydrated.

As watermelon juice can be cloyingly sweet on its own, I usually add ginger, lemon and mint to enhance the taste.

IMG_0014How do you pick the right Watermelon?

It should be heavy for its size.

The rind should be smooth with a dull top and here the top is the side opposite the ground spot which is yellow.

The thump test is one where the ripe watermelon is said to have a hollow bass sound.

Fresh Watermelon Juice

Ingredients

1 medium size watermelon, peeled, deseeded and chopped

3 tbsp mint leaves/pudina

½ inch piece ginger

1 lemon juice

Black salt / kaala namak to taste

Ice cubes (optional)

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Take a blender jar, add the watermelon pieces, ginger, and mint leaves.

Blend it well without adding any water.

Pour the watermelon juice into tall glasses and sprinkle some black salt and squeeze a little lemon juice. Add ice cubes, garnish with mint leaves and serve.

Most people sieve the juice but then all the nutrients and fiber are lost.I like it thick with all the pith and some chunks too.

Watermelon Juice or Slice is invariably Nice-agree or disagree?

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