What’s in Season – June

The taste of summer and childhood memories – the pinnacle of summery suppers and family gatherings was always the cold juicy watermelon that was offered as dessert.

Thanks to their sweet taste, watermelons are most commonly considered a fruit. And they do grow like fruit, originating from flowers that have been pollinated by bees, and, from a botanical perspective, they’re fruits because they contain seeds. But many gardeners think of them as vegetables, since they grow them in their gardens alongside other summer veggies like peas and corn. Not to mention, watermelon is classified as part of a botanical family of gourds that includes other culinary vegetables like cucumber, squash, and pumpkin.

Strawberry-watermelon soup

Ingredients

  • 250 gr of strawberry
  • 250 gr of watermelon
  • 1 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 50gr to 100 gr of sugar
  • 6 to 8 of mint leaves

Method

  1. Wash the strawberry and mint;
  2. Remove the seeds from the watermelon and cut it in pieces;
  3. In a blender, put the strawberries, watermelon, lemon juice and mint;
  4. Blend it at power max for one minute;
  5. Taste it and add sugar if necessary;
  6. Put the mixture in the fridge for several hours. Serve cold

Every month we feature a fruit or vegetable that is in season, along with a fun fact or recipe idea. We are currently working on a project, Citizen’s CAP, highlighting the importance of citizen involvement in agricultural policy to ensure healthy food and protection of our agricultural land. In a way, this is a continuation of a previous project, AgroKatina, through which we have published a report on the local fruit & vegetable supply chain. Find out more on www.foemalta.org/agrokatina, where you can also order a free copy of the pocket guide to seasonal fruit and veggies.


This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This article reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 

 

This project is co-financed by the  Ministry for Education and Employment (MEDE) and the Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Sport and Voluntary Organisation.