Watermelon is the perfect summer food – sweet, cooling and luscious.
It has incredible medicinal properties – incredible because it’s perfect for what your body needs in Summer – the exact time that it comes into season!
Read on to find out why watermelon is Nature’s Summer gift to you, and a yummy recipe for refreshing watermelon juice.
Western nutrition recognises that watermelon is rich in antioxidants (vitamins A and C) and carotenoids (lycopene). It also has naturally-occurring electrolytes, which is why you feel so refreshed and hydrated when you have it.
(Use watermelon (and all raw foods) sparingly if you have weak “digestive fire” – bloating, wind, loose stools etc. Chinese medicine can help you to strengthen digestion.)
Put a watermelon into a pottery bowl that is slightly larger than it. Cut out a hole around the stalk. Fill with Glauber’s salt. Put back the rind to cover the hole and fix with bamboo sticks. Cover the watermelon with another pottery bowl. Seal the bowls with leather strips and mud. Store in a cool place. After a few days, frost occurs on the surface of the containers. It is the “Watermelon Frost”. Use a goose feather to sweep down the frost to collect them. Put the pottery back to the cool place and wait for the frost to occur again.
Handful of mint leaves
Lime juice (to taste)
Cut watermelon into pieces and add with the mint leaves to blender or juicer.
Add lime juice to taste.
For healthiest juice, drink it with all the fibre included. Otherwise you can strain it through a sieve before serving.