With the warmer weather coming, I have been looking for refreshing drinks to include in my day besides water. I love making fresh juices which in Latin America are known as aguas frescas. I have made a watermelon version of this which was very nice and a Venezuelan friend of mine made me cantaloupe juice which I was craving this week.
It happens to be the season of these melons so I bought one and made some fresh juice. It really is quite easy and I much prefer the natural tastes of home-made juice to that bought in stores.
Why cantaloupe? Besides its high water content to keep you hydrated in the summer months, it is also a yellow-orange food. When you are trying to eat a healthy diet and keep to the colours of the rainbow, this coloured food is high in beta-carotene which is an antioxidant or can be converted to vitamin A which is beneficial to women’s health in particular. It is also high in vitamin C.
To prepare this fruit, I de-seed the center.
From there I cut it into pieces so it is easy to remove the flesh for blending.
Half a cantaloupe requires 4 C of water. Once it is blended, I let it sit overnight in a bowl to really extract flavour.
The next day the juice is ready to finish. I strain the pulp through a fine strainer. You can use a spatula to push some of the liquid through.
The refreshing cantaloupe juice is now complete. . . .unless you are me. I add one more secret ingredient. A few Tbsps of rose water or orange blossom water gives it a light floral taste.
1/2 cantaloupe (cut in pieces)
4 C water
2 Tbsps rose water
1. Blend cantaloupe until a smooth pulp forms.
2. Combine cantaloupe and water.
3. Cover and let sit overnight.
4. Strain liquid.
5. Stir in rose water.
6. Serve chilled.
Protein 1.1 g