Watermelon was my favorite fruit growing up. Unfortunately, when you’re living on your own, it’s hard to eat watermelons since they’re huge. I succumbed and bought a giant watermelon anyway. I don’t like buying the small ones when the big ones are the same price.
Hey, it’s the principle of the matter.
However, it was seedless. And regret is eating almost half an entire watermelon in one sitting right before bedtime, and having it be the seedless kind. I ended up with a significant stomachache.
Seedless watermelons aren’t technically seedless but have little white seeds; only when it’s fertilized do those hard black coats develop. Seedless watermelons can’t be fertilized since they’re treated with colchicine, which prevents fertilized watermelons from developing by duplicating their chromosomes. You also clone them, since seedless fruit are sterile and can’t reproduce on their own (source
According to NPR
, seedless watermelons are no less sweet and flavorful than the seeded kinds. I beg to disagree.
But, seedless watermelons are definitely very convenient for making drinks. I wanted to make a refreshing watermelon lemonade since it’s getting hot here in Texas, and I had a bunch of lemons.
Can’t get more summer-ish than this. After all, we need to Beat the Heat
4 cups cubed seedless watermelon
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup white sugar, adjust to taste
1 cup ice cubes
Puree watermelon into a blender. Combine cold water, the lemon juice and sugar until desired sweetness to make lemonade. Add lemonade and ice cubes to watermelon and blend.
Add lemon slice to glass and stir before serving.