Green Grocer: Ode to the Sticky House


by Melissa Gordon

Tiny handprints everywhere,
I’m told I’ll miss them when they’re gone.
Watermelon’s the culprit, it’s clear,
I said go eat that on the lawn!

Bees love our house
This time of year,
And is that a mouse?
Winter’s not even near!

Why is my shoe
Always sticking to the floor?
It’s nothing new,
I just need to clean more.

Where are those wipes?
We’re out again?
Oh for the sake of cripes,
This must end! But when?

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, I hear
Alright, then.
Here’s my summer cheer:
Pass the watermelon!

All stickiness aside, this week’s column was difficult because my tendency with watermelon is to say, “Who needs a recipe?” Watermelon is so delicious and it makes you feel so refreshed and utterly fulfilled that there’s really no improvement on simply eating it whole. The following recipes do, however, provide a fun, festive twist, perfect for your next backyard gathering.

Watermelon Salsa

• 3 cups finely chopped seedless watermelon
• 1/3 cup diced green bell pepper
• 3 tablespoons lime juice
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
• 2 tablespoons chopped green onions
• 1 tablespoon chopped jalapeno pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

Watermelon Icy Pops

• 5 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1/3 cup sugar
• 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
• 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1. Puree all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

2. Pour the mixture into ice-pop molds, insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until firm, at least four hours.

Watermelon Lemonade

• 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
• 1½ cups lemonade
• ½ cup fresh mint

1. Puree the watermelon and lemonade.

2. Stir in the mint and serve over ice.


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