Yes, I’m well aware of the fact that the title is a bit confusing, but that’s how I feel about watermelon. I don’t like it, but yet maybe the single most vivid and delightful food memory of my life has to do with watermelon. I was 13 years old, and my Judo team had traveled to Japan to train at the Kodokan, which is the world headquarters of the Judo community. We had been practicing with a Japanese team that practiced outdoors and it was HOT! After practice, still drenched in sweat and thirsting for any sort of cool liquid, they offered us cans of Pocari Sweat (a Japanese version of Gatorade) and ice cold watermelon. That first bite of cool, juicy watermelon, was probably the most amazing food experience of my life. My dry tongue absorbed all the liquid, while my taste buds exploded in delight at the cool sweet juicy melon which I was devouring. It was paradise! To this day I can still recall that feeling of pure bliss that I experienced that afternoon!
Oddly enough, I don’t care for watermelon as a whole. I can’t stand the seeds and the occasional grainy mushy melon is the worse! But with this heat wave consuming the Midwest, and my love for unique cooking, I figured I’d attach this article for either watermelon lovers who are looking for a delightful treat during this crazy heat, or for foodies who like me who are always looking for unique flavors.