As the summer growing season comes to an end – we’re getting in as much local watermelon eating as possible. I tried carving one in a fancy shape this year like you can see here but that was a dismal failure – so I’ve looked for other ways to liven up our watermelon habit. There’s a very cute folk tale about a Turkish folk hero named Mulla Nasrudin. Nasrudin is a very wise man and also very funny. Children and adults will both delight in these humorous tales. If you’re interested in learning more Turkish folk tales this book is a wonderful resource – Watermelons, Walnuts, and the Wisdom of Allah: And Other Tales of the Hoca by Barbara K Walker.
Walnuts and Watermelons – find this story and others here.
As Nasrudin rested under a tall walnut tree one day, he looked a few yards to his side and noticed a big watermelon growing on a thin vine near the ground.
Nasrudin looked up and said, “Great God, please permit me to ask you this: why is it that walnuts grow on big strong trees, while watermelons grow on think weak vines. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?”
But at that very moment, a walnut fell from high on up in the tree and hit Nasrudin square on the head.
“Ah!“ remarked Nasrudin. “I suppose Nature’s ways might not be as backward as I thought. After all, if a big watermelon fell out of the tree and onto my head, it might have killed me!“
Here is our version of a watermelon, walnut salad with the added goodness of fresh blueberries – at our house it’s become a special breakfast treat. If you’re in a light mood, feel free to stop and serve the fruit salad in its simplest form. You won’t be disappointed, I promise. But adding freshly made whipped cream elevates this dish to new heights and if your kids are like ours, you’ll have them singing songs in your honor!
2 cups watermelon, cut into bite-size pieces.
1 cup blueberries
¼ cup broken-up walnut pieces
1 cup heavy cream
Toast the walnuts in a skillet over medium-high heat, being careful not to burn them. Note: If your walnuts are not already broken into pieces, place them in a napkin and let your little ones bang them with the bottom of a can to break them up, then shake out the napkin into the skillet.
Put the watermelon and blueberries in a bowl and add the toasted walnuts. Gently mix everything together. I let the kids handle the mixing part and they love to snitch extra bites of fruit while my back is turned. Ah! The wonder of childhood – that joke never gets old!
For the Whipped Cream
With your hand mixer or standing mixer with the whisk attachment, making fresh whipped cream is very easy. Pour the cream into a bowl, adding 1 to 2 tablespoons of sugar if you like your whipped cream to be a little sweet. Starting out on a slow speed so as not to splatter yourself with liquid, gradually increase the speed as you see the cream start to thicken. Pay attention to the consistency of the cream as it mixes – you want the cream to stand up in peaks, but you don’t want to over-mix and make butter! There are great tutorials on YouTube.