A simple blend featuring summer melons, raw honey and rose water! Sweet, floral and a great way to stay hydrated during the Summer's heat. You can make your own rosewater (recipe coming) or use your favourite organic brand.
My husband and I have only attempted growing melons a few times in our 7 years of gardening here. They're not the easiest thing to grow on the West coast unless we have a particularly hot summer. I remember one year, we waited so patiently for the watermelons and cantaloupe (muskmelon) to grow only to lose half of them to the local deer. I hope they enjoyed them. Nevertheless, what we did harvest was golden, sweet and juicy beyond belief. If you can purchase melons from your local farmers market, please do...you'll realize you've never really tasted a melon.
The last three weeks have been keeping me on my feet, all the while, I've been under the weather (i'm feeling better now). I've been shooting lots for clients and, of course, making all the time possible for my family. Needless to say, that explains some of my absence. Summer is such a good time around here; watching our 3 year old explore and nurture the gardens in pure wonder is beyond priceless...I cherish these small brief moments together and can't help but beam with pride to see my green thumb rubbing off on our little man. He's all about rescuing the ants and beetles from the puddles (maybe squishing a few, too...lets be honest, he is three), and making sure the bees are happy with the flowers. It's all green therapy to me and it makes me feel such warmth, joy... and hope.
This simple recipe features three varieties of melons, a touch of raw honey and a splash of organic rose water blended together (I use a Vitamix). It develops this pretty pink ombre effect once poured. The subtle floral aroma in this smoothie levels it up, however, you may not appreciate rose water, or simply don't have it on hand-feel free to omit. We make out own rose water, for which I will be sharing a how-to shortly... but the deer ate my rose buds last night, so it may be a while before that recipe shows up.
I know some also prefer not to consume honey or bee products, and that is a choice I respect. I choose to support our local beekeeper and admire their unmediated, ethical harvest and care for their hives and colonies. There's a lot of debate about consuming bee products and I will let you decide one way or the other what is right...this is just my choice based information i've sourced.
Before I go, I thought I'd share a fun random fact (at least I think it's fun): did you know that cantaloupe in Australia is referred to as "rock-melon"? I remember the day my friend had told me all about rock-melons while she was studying down-under. I don't know the etymology/reasoning behind that name, but I love it.
I hope you are having a fantastic start to the Summer!
Honey Melon & Rose Water Smoothie
- 250 g 2 cups Cantaloupe, chopped
- 150 g 1 cup Honeydew Melon, chopped
- 250 g 2 cups Watermelon
- 2 tablespoons rose water optional
- ¼ cup filtered water
- 1 tablespoon raw unpasteurized honey or maple syrup
- 150 g 1 cup ice cubes
In your favourite high-powered blender (I recommend Vitamix), add all the ingredients in the order listed. Blend on high for 20-30 seconds. Serve immediately.
It doesn't get easier than that.
Rose water is not mandatory, so feel free to omit if its not your thing. I make my own rose water which is quite subtle, however, you may want to start with a smaller amount if your rose water is particularly strong. Flavour to your liking. I've also enjoyed this smoothie without added honey/sweetener and it's just as good!