Hot summer days.

Watermelons can have yellow guts, too! A peculiar yellow melon made me a big hit with our good friends the Dikos’s who were in town last week from Baltimore. Little Mia thought it looked like a pineapple, but couldn’t get over the fact that it tasted “just like watermelon!” Once they took off for the Grand Canyon, I used my leftover melon to experiment on a recipe headed for Farm to Table.

Originally, I had envisioned a Watermelon Sorbet. And after some research, I determined that there are three things that make sorbets creamy and scoop-able: sugar, alcohol and gelatin. Quite fond of gelatin, after the Carrot Popsicle success, and not at all fond of sugar, since I seem to get a sugar spike from the smell of it, I decided on gelatin to reduce the overall need for sweetener, with an additional spike of vodka, just for kicks. (I’d like to try this recipe without vodka one day to see if it can be optional for our alcohol-free friends. If you try it before me, let me know how it goes!)

I was tired Sunday night when I gave this a whirl. Not usually a great time to try something new, and I knew it. But, I blundered my way through and stuck it in the freezer headed for a much needed pillow. Surrendered to the fact that this recipe would take many tries, I opened the freezer the next morning not expecting much. But how ’bout this… it scooped! And with relative ease! After putting the first creamy bite into my mouth, I knew. Somehow, I had nailed this one on the first try. A successful recipe and a scoop of sorbet for breakfast is not a bad way to start off a Monday morning.

Now, I was fine with calling this dessert a sorbet, but after a bit of food photography, mixed with a lot more tasting, I realized that this sorbet actually carried the texture of the prized Italian Ices of my childhood. Not just any Italian Ice, the kind that could only be found at a baseball park. And so evolved the Heirloom Watermelon Sorbet into the creamy & delicious Heirloom Watermelon Italian Ice.

I will be making this recipe many more times in my future, dreaming of hot summer days and the pleasing crack of a bat.

Click HERE for the Heirloom Watermelon Italian Ice recipe…

xo – Organic Spark


  • Yogini Cowgirl

    I just discovered your blog (while looking for a quinoa tabouleh recipe … hope it's okay I linked to your recipe from my blog). Anyway … this is going to become one of my favorite blogs … so THANK YOU for writing!

    August 9, 2010
  • celeste kellerhouse

    This looks amazing, and beautiful picture : )

    August 14, 2010

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