My summer was way too short, so I’m holding on to the season with the last watermelons and figs that I can find. Last Saturday, I bought the very last watermelon that the farmer’s market had in my neighborhood and it was delicious! This week, my nearby Stop and Shop has watermelons on sale, so let’s enjoy them before they’re all gone.
Watermelon is an amazing fruit that is made up of 91% water plus vitamins A and C, potassium, and lycopene. One cup of watermelon has almost 2x the amount of lycopene in 1 fresh tomato! Figs are a great source of potassium, calcium, and iron. Since iron absorption is increased by vitamin C, the watermelon, lemon juice, and white grape juice in this recipe aid in the absorption of iron from the figs.
The flavor of Spiced Watermelon Fig Popsicles bridges the end of summer with the beginning of fall. If you’ve already had enough popsicles for the season, you might enjoy this recipe as a smoothie instead!
Spiced Watermelon Fig Popsicles
- Makes 6
1½ cups watermelon cut into about ½ inch chunks
1 cup fresh figs cut in quarters (about 6 large)
1 Tbsp. honey*
1 tsp. lemon juice
3 shakes cinnamon
2 shakes nutmeg
100% white grape juice (about ½ cup)
Blend first 6 ingredients until smooth and add enough grape juice to bring the total to 2¼ cups. Blend once more to mix in juice and pour into popsicle molds.
*Adjust honey according to sweetness of the watermelon. Also, remember not to introduce honey to children less than 1 year of age.