Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Rosewater and Watermelon Ice

Like all fruits in the Middle East, watermelons are most often enjoyed fresh as a snack or as part of a dessert fruit plate.The best watermelons are reputed to be grown in Iran although, they have have also been known to be cultivated in Egypt before 2000 B.C. The following recipe is often served during the summer months in Iran as a chilled dessert.It is quick to make and doesn't require any special equipment but you can use a food processor if you prefer.



1-5lb. watermelon

2 tbsp. rosewater

1-2 tbsp. sugar

2 pinches fresh rose petals, to garnish

  1. Halve and seed the watermelon and cut the flesh into small cubes, reserving the juice.

  2. Crush the watermelon pieces with back of a fork or process in a food processor with the reserved juice in batches till it turns into a granita-like consistency.

  3. Put in a bowl and then stir in the rosewater and sugar

  4. Chill in the refrigerator and serve ice-cold garnished with rose petals.
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