Impress your friends and family with showstopping watermelon bowls at your next barbeque or picnic. Not only is this a stunning way to present a fruit salad but you also have the chance to repurpose the watermelon skin that you would usually throw away.
Presenting your fruit in style
Watermelon is a fruit that has a history that dates back 2,500 years. It was first mentioned in Egyptian hieroglyphics but it quickly spread across the globe, becoming a firm favourite in a number of different cuisines. In Italy, watermelon is combined with chocolate and cinnamon to create a delectable dessert. On the other hand, Russians create pulp from the flesh that is made into a refreshing beer. However, watermelon bowls as we know them are without a doubt as American as it gets. This trend grew out of an increasing desire for sustainability as professional and home chefs alike started placing significance on making use of items that could eventually wind up in the bin. Although no one is sure who came up with the original concept, one thing is for sure: it has quickly become one of the most popular food trends of this decade. These bowls make fruit seem more appetising and it helps the average person feel like they have accomplished a miracle when they present it to their friends and families.
Crafting a perfect fruit bowl
To craft your own watermelon bowls, you should look for the biggest and ripest watermelon that you can find. Slice the melon in half and decorate the edge with a straight line or cut the rind in a zig-zag shape, before removing a small sliver of skin off the bottom. This creates a firm base that prevents the melon from rolling around as you work. Next, you take a melon baller and carefully remove the flesh. Set the melon balls aside so that you can return them once your bowl is complete. When hollowing out your melon, it is essential to leave a centimetre of the fruit attached to the skin so that the integrity remains. Finally, you can fill the bowl with melon balls and other fruit of your choice before you serve it to your friends and family.
Tips for enjoyment
Making a fruit bowl like this offers you plenty of opportunities to experiment. You could fill your bowl with a combination of different types of melon or you could even add a shot of vodka to your fruit salad for the ultimate grown-up treat. Serve your impressive food bowl with a variety of picnic foods like sandwiches or satay skewers. Alternatively, you could serve it alongside a tapas spread.