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A Whale Of A Dish: Carved Watermelon With Tequila Lime Syrup

watermelon whale with fruit

This dish is for folks who like cake decorating, pumpkin carving, ice sculpting and other crafty tricks with food.

This oblong watermelon came from my family's farm in Gibson County. I'm using a serrated knife to transform it into a whale-shaped bowl. I'm then going to fill it with fruit (cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries and blackberries) and drizzle some tequila lime syrup over top. This is an adult treat for your brunch buffet!

To sweeten the syrup, we are using agave syrup, which is fitting because tequila is made from the blue agave plant. This syrup is sweeter than sugar and since it dissolves quickly, it's great for cold beverages like iced tea. Agave syrup is also often used as a vegan substitute for honey.

When you're done carving, don't discard the meat, juice or rinds! Cut up the watermelon meat and add it to the fruit mixture. Serve the juice over ice with some mint leaves. And, pickle the rinds for a sweet treat to enjoy over the winter.

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