Note from Shannon: Please welcome Janet, who is bringing us along with her during her real, cultured food tour of France this summer.
Always seeking new flavors for my cultured food habit, the Provencal region in France is full of inspiration. This hot, sun-drenched countryside produces many fruits and vegetables that are delivered daily to the markets that are held several mornings each week. Strolling the aesthetically pleasing displays, I came upon the famous Melon de Cavaillon.
Over five centuries of existence, the melon has garnered many admirers from royalty to writers. These melons are in their prime during July and August and are the primary melons sold in Europe. They are full of sweetness and flavor, and I have never tasted such an amazing melon.
The melon inspired me to flavor my Water Kefir.
Water Kefir is a great probiotic beverage to add to your diet and I suggest infusing small pieces for 24-48 hours sealed and at room temperature and then removing them before consuming. You might also think about adding cucumber or mint to the melon infusion. Be creative and mix and match your own flavor offerings.
Another idea is to use the melon in a refreshing smoothie:
Melon Kefir Smoothie
3/4 cup seedless melon chunks
3 tablespoons orange juice
One more option is to try Melon in Coconut Water Kefir Popsicles for a refreshing treat for you kids.