As the temperatures soar, it takes a cool, refreshing treat to satisfy our taste-buds. There is nothing like a juicy piece of watermelon to do the job. Today is the perfect day to cut yourself a slice of this ripe fruit as August 3rd is National Watermelon Day. Check out these tasty recipes below and see why this big fruit gets a special day all to itself! Watermelon Granita-Filled Lime Cups These mini melon look-a-likes will delight your guests! watermelon granitaIngredients 12 limes (reserve 2 tablespoons juice) 1 cup sugar 2 cups water 4 cups watermelon cubes ½ cup currants or raisins Crushed ice (optional) Preparation 1. To make lime cups: Cut limes in half lengthwise; cut around pulp of each half with sharp knife, leaving peel intact. Scoop out pulp, using spoon to loosen pulp from peel, and reserve 2 tablespoons lime juice for granita. Set lime cups aside. 2. Stir together sugar and water in small saucepan; Bring to a boil and then cool slightly. 3. Place watermelon in a food processor; pulse to puree watermelon. Pour pureed watermelon into colander to strain out seeds, forcing watermelon through with back of spoon, if needed. 4. Stir reserved lime juice and cooled sugar mixture into pureed watermelon. Pour into 13x9x2-inch pan; freeze until firm, about 4 hours. 5. To serve, scrape frozen watermelon mixture with a spoon to make granita. Stir in currants. Mound granita in lime cups; serve on bed of crushed Watermelon Popsicles Frozen treats for hot summer days. popsiclesIngredients 1 watermelon, cut in chunks ½ cup kiwi, chopped ½ cup strawberries, chopped Preparation 1. Puree watermelon and pour into popsicle molds. 2. Drop in chunks of fresh fruit, insert caps and place in freezer. Serve when frozen.


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