Green peel outside, red and very juicy inside (with black and brown seeds). The perfect fruit in the summer when it’s hot and you are not hungry but only want to drink! Beware, because when I eat it I spoil a lot upon my hands, face and ground, like a ice-scream is melting in the sun. So don’t forget to take a wipe with you, to clean your face and so on
How to grow
In the Netherlands you can only grow this nice plant in a greenery. I don’t have one at the moment so I don not have experience from it.
When you are leaving around the Mediterranean Sea, you can grow them in the full ground. (I wish I live there ;))
Buy in a shop or at the market. And organic and in the season. Seasonal fruit and organic is best for the body
when to eat
You can eat the melon when you knock on the melon and you hear an hollow sound.
Vitamins and minerals
vitamin C and vitamin A
potassium and magnesium*
TCM=Traditional Chinese Medicine
Watermelon is considered sweet and cold, and is associated with the Spleen and Stomach meridians. The main active ingredient in watermelon is citrulline, a chemical that raises the level of urea in the blood and urine. The ground seeds are often incorporated with other herbs as a type of diuretic, and may also help clear up urinary tract infections. Another active ingredient in watermelon, curcubocitrin, may help to reduce blood pressure. **
My husband likes beanie food, so I thought about a dish from many years ago. The chili con carne. It think it’s a Spanish dish…. carne is the translation for meat and meat is the head ingredient. And that’s what we don’t want to use if you only eat vegetables….
So I transformed it into a vegan dish. This is a typical winter dish and if you cannot digest beans very easy. you can do something about it. On the end of cooking the beans, you should poor in a dash of salt into the water, or you cook the beans with some seaweed, or use satureya in the dish or some asafetida spice…. and you can soak the beans (if you use dry ones) at least 12 hours for cooking them throw away the soaking water, from a can wash the beans first or sprout beans but this isn’t nice for a chili without carne.
And here I found of course on wikipedia everything about chili con carne tradition, ok here you can make it your own.
Change it a little to make it more spicy, or on your taste
Ingredients for the chili without carne (for 4 persons)
500 gram of kidney beans (I used the dry one and soaked them overnight and cooked for 1 hour)
2 red bell peppers (yellow or red) cut in size 1 cm by 1 1/2 cm or something like
2 cans of tomato purée (each 68 gram)
1 onion cut in thin cubes/ or if you like rings more use the ring shape
3 cloves of garlic (minced)
3 strings of celery cut in thin slices
handful of fresh basil leaves
some satureya (like 2 teaspoons)
surround 1 1/2 tablespoon of apple vinegar
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons of ground cumin powder
(some seitan baked for 4 persons)
a big saucepan with lid (where you can put all the ingredients together)
How to start…..
I would say cut all the ingredients who has to be cut and wash….get the saucepan and put in some oil, bake the onion and garlic till they are glassy. After… you can put in the beans, tomatoes, bell peppers, celery, vinegar, tomato purée and the spices like cayenne pepper and ground cumin powder. Mix well and low down the heat , and let’s simmer for 30 minutes. If you think there must be more liquid in the mixture poor in some water, or more tomatoes. Just look sometimes under the lid if the diner is still simmering and stir once in a while….
30 minutes are over, take a taste and decide if you like the taste. You like? Put of the heat and get a handful of basil leaves sprinkle on top of the dish (you can choose sprinkle as garnish or just directly in the pan on the diner). And if you like put some seitan through the mixture, of course after baking in a frying pan.
Get the plates and put on some chili without carne… enjoy and maybe nice with a vegan red wine and some candles on the table..