Friday, July 27, 2012

(Canary) Melon Cooler Paletas: Sweet and Refreshing Ice Pops

Nothing says summer like a cold and refreshing ice pop or paleta. One of my very favorite summer flavor combinations is mint and melon so when I saw some different melon variations at Whole Foods this week, I had to give a less-familiar melon a try. I went with the Canary Melon, said (by Wikipedia), to have a "distinctively sweet flavor that is slightly tangier than a honeydew melon. The flesh looks like that of a pear but is softer and tastes a little like a cantaloupe.

Although Rick Bayless has several fresh fruit paleta recipes, the recipe I actually looked at first and consider my starting point was his Fresh Melon Cooler. I just omitted the water and sugar and put in some mint. My changes are in red below.

Canary Melon Paletas
Adapted from Fresh Melon Cooler Agua de Melon,
(Makes about 1 quart( (As adapted makes about 6 Paletas)

4 cups (packed) fresh melon (such as cantaloupe, honeydew melon, watermelon—peeled, and seeded, as appropriate) (used 2 cups canary melon)
1/2 cup water, plus more if necessary (omitted)
1/4 cup sugar, plus more if desired (omitted)
about 2 tablespoons lime juice, plus more if desired (used 1 Tbsp)
(added about 6 large mint leaves)

Scoop the fruit into a blender, then add the water, sugar and lime. Blend until smooth. Add more water, if necessary, to achieve a light, easy-to-drink consistency. Taste and season with more sugar and lime if you think necessary.  Refrigerate to chill or serve over ice. (I blended the melon, lime juice and mint in blender until smooth, poured into molds and froze overnight.)

*Rick says, "You can add extra flavorings (mint to honeydew, orange juice to cantaloupe, and blended raspberries to watermelon) if you like". 

Notes/Results: This was my first time eating canary melon. I was hoping the flesh would be bright yellow like the exterior but it is a pale white-yellow-greenish hue. The taste is like a slightly sweeter cantaloupe, very tasty and in absolutely no need of any added sugar. In this pop, the lime and mint off-set the sweetness making it bright and fresh tasting--perfect for cooling down on a warm afternoon. I will make these again.

We are celebrating "Nieves"--frozen desserts and icy treats over at I Heart Cooking Clubs this week and my good pal and co-host Heather is celebrating "The Summer of the Popsicle" over at girlichef. These tasty pops are headed to both events.

Happy Aloha Friday!


Joanne said...

My absolute favorite melon is honey dew and I just can't get enough recently. I've never tried canary melons, but hopefully they're in my near future!  Turning them into popsicles is a great idea!

foodycat said...

I would have loved some of those this week! All of a sudden it got warm and I was really suffering!

Heather said...

I have never tried a canary melon...but these look SO incredibly refreshing. I do love that you added mint...extra refreshing!  I want these paletas in my summer, for sure ;)

Michelle said...

I've never heard of Canary melons, but it looks like they make good paletas.

Using the glass--clever way to photograph a pop!  I like!  

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Love your paletas, Deb.  I've never heard of canary melons before, but they look wonderfully refreshing and I love cantaloupes, so I'm pretty sure I'd be lining up for seconds and thirds of these.

Pam Greer said...

Looks so pretty!!!  And I have a salad for SS, I'm going to email you now!

Kitchenflavours said...

Love the colour of your paletas! Looks really refreshing and delicious!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

 So pretty! I have never heard of canary melons - I must fly down to taste one!