My poor kitchen has undergone another hostile takeover; my husband is in the midst of his biannual jamathon. I lose the use of my kitchen in September to fig jam and in January to white watermelon jam. God forbid we should grow any other jam-suitable fruit – I don’t think my nerves are sufficiently robust. I just don’t have the patience to make it myself – all that peeling and de-pipping would have me gnawing my limbs off. The truth is, once Luc, my husband, enters the kitchen he becomes a bit of a prima donna, and as
OCD tidy as he usually is, the kitchen is left in a very sorry state. The floor tiles become hazardous and moving around becomes fraught with danger and an immense effort. You either have to unstick your foot vigourously after each step, or take long circuitous routes around puddles of sugary water. I’m wrung out just thinking about it. Of course, it goes without saying that the final result is beyond divine and after all, I was born to mop kitchen floors
Ingredients (makes four or five jars)
1 white watermelon
250g cane sugar
1/2 lemon, grated and juiced
20g fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp cinnamon
Cut the watermelon into quarters, then peel and remove the seeds. Cut the flesh into cubes and put into a large pan. Add the sugar, ginger, lemon and cinnamon and gently heat to draw the moisture from the fruit. Simmer for between an hour and a half and two hours, or until desired consistency is obtained. This jam is fairly runny due to the relatively low sugar-content. Transfer into sterilised jam jars while still hot.
Watermelons are rich in many essential nutrients such as vitamins A, B1, B6 & C, pantothenic acid, biotin, potassium, and magnesium. They also fight cancer, relieve kidney disorders, reduce high blood pressure and the risk of heart problems, boost the immune system and help keep the eyes healthy. Get chopping !