“The nature of watermelons is generally rather chilling and contains a great deal of moisture, yet they possess a certain purgative quality, which means that they are also diuretic and pass down through the bowels more easily than large gourds and melons. Their cleansing action you can discover for yourself; just rub them on dirty skin. Watermelons will remove the following: freckles, facial moles, or epidemic leprosy, if anyone should have these conditions.”
~ Galen (129-216 A.D.), Marcus Aurelius’s personal physician.
Juices, broths and teas are making a big appearance in my house right now. I love the fresh taste of this particular juice, and it’s so very delicious that it’s easy to forget that it’s also good for you. 🙂
My Watermelon Zinger juice is a thirst quencher on a hot day, but it also helps if you suffer from nausea, heart issues or fluid retention.
There’s a gorgeous little organic roadside fruit and vegetable stall not far from our house, and they’ve had a bumper crop of heirloom Moon and Stars watermelons this summer. The flesh of this melon is buttery and sweet, and so so good!
We bought one yesterday for a couple of dollars and brought it home, inspired to make fresh juice.
Watermelon has many health benefits – the seeds are high in magnesium, potassium, iron, protein, zinc and copper (so don’t pull them out before you juice your melon flesh!), it’s a natural diuretic, and the flesh is brimful of antioxidants, Vitamin C, lycopene, B group vitamins, the amino acid L-citrulline which converts to L-arginine – important for cardiovascular and immune function. It’s also anti-inflammatory and improves fat cell metabolism.
To boost this juice further I add fresh orange and ginger. Oranges are alkalinising in the body, and are good for eye health, immune function, normalising blood pressure and providing lots of anti-oxidants. Ginger soothes digestion, quells nausea and provides a lovely kick to the juice. It does a bunch of other great stuff too. Also, I adore it!
So here’s what you’ll need:
2 cups of watermelon flesh per person (or more if you want a big juice!), one large orange per person, a small knob (maybe an inch) of fresh ginger.
Cut your watermelon into chunks, ready for the juicer.
Then peel your oranges, leaving a little of the white pith on, because the pith contains lots of goodness. The easiest way to do this is to cut a circle from the top and base of your orange, and then run a sharp knife down the sides, following the contours of the orange to remove the rest of the skin.
Add all of the ingredients to your juicer.
Serve in a tall glass.
Drink yourself healthy! Enjoy 🙂