What is a lemondrop melon you ask? It looks like a bright yellow cantaloupe on the outside –
And a honeydew on the inside –
It’s an amazingly sweet and juicy melon. It tastes a bit like a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew, with just a touch of lemon!
I love watermelon granita, so I thought I’d see how this came out – and it was great!
So here is how you do it –
Cut up about 1/2 the melon into chunks – roughly three cups.
Put into a blender with 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup club soda and 1/8 sherry. Then blend.
Taste it to see if its sweet enough for you. If not, add a little more sugar.
Pour it into a shallow glass dish and place in the freezer for two hours.
After two hours, bring it out and break up the forming ice crystals with a fork. It will still be a little slushy right now, but that’s ok. Put it back in the freezer.
Break up the crystals again after 2 hours and one more time after that. Then wait until the next day.
Break up the crystals that have formed (there won’t be much) and place the granita in a covered container for storage.
Serve in a dish with a sprig of lemon balm or lemon basil. Cool and refreshing dessert!
Makes about 3 cups of granita – or Italian Ice.