The air is balmy, the grass is green, and it was once again time for my favorite warm weather snackaroo - juicy melon (watermelon and cantaloupe, but honeydew is great as well, if you can find a ripe one), mixed with fresh raspberries and mint. Blackberries and tiny wild strawberries work as well - or currants, if you have them, and blueberries, which, of course, come later in the season.
Our local farmer's markets here in New Hampshire now have the most amazing fruits - I bought some fresh organic peaches last year that were the best I'd tasted in years: and grown right here in Hancock, which is zone 3-4. Amazing.
The lilacs are blooming, and we have both the dark purple ones, that last a very long time and spread throughout our town via cuttings from one avenue of them - and the powdery light lilacs that quickly rust, but are heavenly, very briefly. We have had no rain at all for weeks and weeks, but some finally is supposed to come tomorrow.
You will need to buy a melon baller from your local kitchen store or supermarket - a handy, low tech tool that makes this so pretty. Mine has a large ball at one end, and a smaller one at the other. I find the smaller baller to work best if you're making a tray of these melon balls for a party - with a few large balls mixed in .
You can assemble them in clear, squat glasses, or plastic ones for a large group. How perfect is this for parties and early summer celebrations? Just make sure you make them at the most a few hours before, so they are juicy and moist, and keep them briefly in the fridge if the weather is hot. The mint is best snipped just before serving - and check for bugs before serving!
Happy Spring, feels like Summer!