Watermelon ice pops are a great way to cool down naturally. These homemade pops provide natural sugar sweetness while providing extra water without having to drink down yet another flavorless glass. Children love ice pops and watermelon. These are so super easy to make the kids can help prepare them with your supervision.
While everyone is thinking this is a great little cold treat they are actually very healthy to eat not to say refreshing too. Watermelons are packed with vitamins; A, B and C. Having a watermelon ice pop is a perfect way to rehydrate after working in the garden, playing in the yard or for no reason at all. This vegetable that most people think of as a fruit is void of cholesterol as well as fat. It is a good source of fiber and potassium too. Watermelon not only quenches one’s thirst but it also aids in eliminating the inflammation that is contributed to these medical conditions; asthma, diabetes, colon cancer, atherosclerosis and arthritis.
- ½ a watermelon cut into cubes and seeded
- ¼ cup of grapes, strawberries, kiwi or cantaloupe cubes (optional)
- Place the fruit and the vegetable cubes into a blender or food processor and puree.
- Pour the mixture into ice pop molds.
- Small slices of additional fruit can also be pressed into the molds if you like. (This step is optional.)
- Place the ice pop stick covers into the molds and place flat on the shelf in the freezer.
- Leave in the freezer for a few hours and serve frozen.
De-seeding a watermelon:
Before starting be sure to wash the watermelon with cool running water and pat dry with paper towels and use clean knives before cutting into the rind. First cut the watermelon in half then again in quarters. Follow the seed line in the watermelon flesh and cut the watermelon along that line. Use a fork to scrape the seeds from the section of watermelon that was cut away. Once the whole melon is void of seeds it is time to cut the watermelon into cubes or wedges.
A few fun watermelon trivia facts:
- In the year 1615 the first time the word watermelon appeared in an English Dictionary.
- The largest watermelon weighed in at 262 pounds and is documented in the Guinness Book of World Records.
- There are over 1,200 varieties of watermelon that are grown worldwide.
- Every single part of a watermelon is actually edible…including the seeds and the watermelon rind.
- Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
- The top producers of watermelon are China, Turkey, Iran, Brazil and the United States. Over 64 million tons come from China compared to the 2 million tons grown in the United States.
- Watermelon is 92% water and 6% sugar.
- The state vegetable of Oklahoma which was designated as the official vegetable of this state is the watermelon.
- Watermelon which everyone thinks of as a fruit is actually a vegetable.