Karpoozicles

IMG 4986With the onset of summer and the accompanying juggernaut of heat, the question at the end of the day will always be: What is the most refreshing way to beat the heat? Obviously sitting at the beach for three months is neither practical nor realistic (the very thought of crusty salt and sand on my keyboard sends shivers up my spine.) So as I go about the day to day, what seems to be the “go to” refreshments of the locals? Aside from a beer or a frappe, the most refreshing thing I know of here is karpoozi… better know in the English speaking world as watermelon. Like everything here, there is an established ritual that accompanies the choosing of the perfect specimen. The method that I prefer is gently tapping or slapping the side of the beast and listening for a dead hollow sound. The more of a hollow sound, the sweeter and more water the fruit contains. One time at the market I was affectionately slapping a whole range of melons, and POP, one of the melons split in two right before my eyes. At this point, the decision to purchase was made for me. To this day it remains the best melon that has ever passed between my lips. Today, I thought I would do a twist on the traditional summer classic and make the already refreshing treat into a frozen one. I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did. 

What you need:

  • 1 super ripe watermelon
  • a set of popsicle moulds 

How it’s done:

  • Chop up the desired amount of melon and pop it into your blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • With a sieve or colander strain out the seeds.
  • Pour the liquid into your popsicle moulds and freeze.
  • When frozen, remove the mould and savour the refreshing cool sweetness of melon before it melts all over your shirt. 
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