Back when I was a child, sitting on the porch with a big wedge of watermelon, juices spilling over my fingers and seeds littering my perimeter, I never thought I would be standing here today, with a glass of watermelon granita in hand, saying thank you to the watermelon. And my, what a big watermelon it is. You don’t realise how heavy it is until you’re standing up here, holding it. This one is going into the display case, right next to the eponymous melon-baller. Ah, the melon-baller. I recall at the tender age of ten, being quite enthralled at a party, by a watermelon carcass filled to the brim with it’s balled innards. This was the ultimate in chic, in my mind. Not long after, I was back home spending a whole watermelon trying to get perfectly round melon balls with my mom’s yellow plastic melon-baller. Not much success, but plenty of leftovers to chew on.
At just a few silver coins per kilo, this refreshing fruit is one for everybody. I would like to thank it for it’s ability to soak up vodka like a sponge (just keep feeding it until the day of the party, then slice it open and serve). I would like to thank my partner B, for being such a supportive watermelon connoisseur. Thanks also to my parents who, when I was growing up, were obsessive about buying fruit; especially my dad who could never purchase a single apple when he could buy a kilo for slightly cheaper.
Thank you also to all the other fruits in the melon category : the honeydew, canteloupe, musk and rockmelon. You have all done a wonderful job in keeping me hydrated.
Harumi Kurihara’s ‘Suika no Sherbert’:
(with a few adjustments)
3 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons water
1kg watermelon flesh
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Kirsch liquor (I used Pimm’s instead)
Mix together the sugar and water in a heat resistant container. Put in a microwave and cook for 3 minutes (500w) without covering. Leave to cool.
Take the watermelon pulp and remove the seeds. Blend in a food processor with the cooled syrup, lemon juice and Kirsch to taste.
Pour into a stainless steel square mould and cover with cling film. Freeze for a couple of hours.
To serve, scrape the granita into icy granules with a fork. Divide the granita between 6 glasses. Pour over some more alcohol if you wish.
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