What does one do with a watermelon besides cutting it into big slices and sinking one’s teeth in? Well, there are atleast SIXTY-SEVEN other ways of enjoying a watermelon. Who knew?


As the hosts of this event, it is our solemn duty to torment you with trivia.

As a polite guest, you are not allowed to do this :notlisten

So here it is:
There are round watermelons, and there are square watermelons.

For years consumers struggled to fit the large round fruit in their refrigerators.
And then there was the problem of trying to cut the fruit when it kept rolling around.

But 20 years ago a forward-thinking farmer on Japan’s south-western island of Shikoku solved the problem.

The farmer, from Zentsuji in Kagawa prefecture, came up with the idea of making a cube-shaped watermelon which could easily be packed and stored.

To make it happen, farmers grew the melons in glass boxes and the fruit then naturally assumed the same shape. Today the cuboid watermelons are hand-picked and shipped all over Japan.

(Source: BBC)

Square watermelons are completely natural, and are becoming increasingly popular in Japan and Europe. They are about three times more expensive than regular watermelons.

We are amazed at the creativity displayed by everyone who participated in the AFAM event. Thank you for your participation. Atleast 50 percent of the entries had to be recovered from our spam folder. If we missed any, please accept our apologies, and do send it to us at jugalbandee@gmail.com, so that we may include it in the roundup.

We would like to thank Maheswari of Beyond the Usual, who founded this event, for the opportunity to host it.

- Jai and Bee

**If you cannot see the pictures in the roundup, either our image hosting service is acting up, or there are issues with browser compatibility. We apologise.

Snow-Capped Watermelon Peaks ~ The Spice Who Loved Me

Summer Watemelon Cooler ~ A Cook @ Heart

Watermelon Lemonade – Two Ways ~ The Cooker

Watermelon in Rose Syrup ~ As Dear As Salt

Melony Drinks ~ Mishmash!

Watermelon Cake ~ Tried & Tested Recipes

Watermelon Crumble ~ Aroma!

Watermelon Cooler ~ Aroma!

Watermelon Punch ~ My Cookbook

Watermelon Granita ~ Tasty Palettes

Watermelon-Cherry Fruit Tart ~ VCuisine

Cardamom-flavoured Watermelon Drink ~ Malabar Spices

Watermelon Granita ~ Malabar Spices

Yellow Watermelon Juice – Two Ways ~ Taste of Mysore

Watermelon Ginger Punch ~ The Singing Chef

Watermelon Kulfis ~ Neivedyam

Watermelon Popsicles ~ Aarti’s Corner

Watermelon Protein Punch ~ SnackORama

Watermelon Juice ~ Veggie Platter

Watermelon, Pineapple and Feta Cheese Salad ~ Cinnamon Hut

Watermelon Icer ~ Cinnamon Hut

Watermelon Skewers ~ Hot N Sweet Bowl

Quick N Refreshing Watermelon Juice ~ Lazzat

Watermelon Jaljeera ~ Lajawaab Aahar

WaterLemon Ginger Ale ~ One Hot Stove

Watermelon Papaya Salad ~ My Foodcourt

Watermelon Subji ~ Magic Kitchen

Watermelon Mousse ~ My Chow Chow Bhath

Watermelon Icecream ~ Curry Bazaar

Melon Surprise ~ Curry Bazaar

Minty Watermelon Lemonade ~ Padma’s Kitchen

Strawberry-Watermelon Cooler ~ My Workshop

Watermelon Popsicles ~ My Workshop

Watermelon Juice ~ Nalapaka

Southern-Fried Chaat (Paper Illustration) ~ neroli.108

Watermelon Ginger Ale ~ The Spice Cafe

Kid-friendly Way of Eating Watermelon ~ Add Flavour

Watermelon Juice ~ Add Flavour

Watermelon Panha ~ Add Flavour

Watermelon Iced Tea ~ Crazy Curry

Watermelon Sorbet With Candied Lemons ~ Archana’s Culinary Adventures

Peach and Watermelon Salad ~ Bong Mom’s Cookbook

Watermelon Cheese Bites ~ Fresh Kitchen

Watermelon Margarita ~ Fresh Kitchen

Watermelon Ice and Watermelon Pie ~ Ammalu’s Kitchen

Frozen Watermelon Daiquiri with Ginger-Star Anise Infusion ~ Live to Eat

Watermelon Salsa ~ Kitchen Aromas

Watermelon Chaat ~ Akshayapaatram

Watermelon Cooler ~ Akshayapaatram

Watermelon Jam ~ AkshayaPatra

Orange Watermelon Jam and Dessert ~ OZ Tucker

Pickled Watermelon Scallion Salad ~ Zaayka

Watermelon Avocado Salsa ~ Zaayka

Waterfall Salad with Watermelon ~ Virundhu

Watermelon Granita ~ jugalbandi

Watermelon Margarita ~ jugalbandi

The Taste of Red ~ jugalbandi

Watermelon Rind Dosas with Ginger-Coconut Chutney ~ Spice Corner

Watermelon Burger Patties ~ Cooking Adventures

Watermelon Rind Pickle ~ Evolving Tastes

Watermelon Rind Wadi ~ Add Flavour

Watermelon Rind Chutney ~ Akshayapaatram

Muthias with Watermelon Rind ~ jugalbandi

Olan with Watermelon Rind ~ jugalbandi

Mor Kuzhambu with Watermelon Rind ~ jugalbandi

Melon Flower Vase ~ Mishmash!

Melon Lantern ~ Mishmash!

“It is chief of this world’s luxuries…..When one has tasted it, he knows what Angels eat. It was not a Southern watermelon that Eve took; we know it because she repented.” – Mark Twain

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47 Comments

  1. Chandrika says:

    That was great round up Jai & Bee! Thank you for the tremendous effort put forth! :)

  2. bhags says:

    Amazing array of Watermelon recipes….wont have ever known these amazing things….good work and thanks

  3. Laavanya says:

    I :bow: to all ye creative masterminds behind these entries. They are fabulous. Thanks for a great round-up. ;;)

  4. Wow! What a huge colorful round-up. Ought to be as delicious as it looks.

  5. Dhana says:

    Oh my..what an ahem mouth water(melon)ing round-up!!! Great job!

  6. archana says:

    These smileys are sooooooooo cute. I feel like just staring at them.Don’t mind if I happen to use most of them just for fun :) Thanx for installing these smileys.
    Bee and Jai thanx for this excellent roundup. Now I know there are more than one ways of eating it :D . Each recipes is superb :laugh: :yes: :yak: :bow: :horn: :notlisten :cry: :laugh: :love: :rofl: :devil:

  7. archana says:

    Btw can I also install these smileys on my blog ? I have a free wordpress template. If yes, then please guide as to where can I get them :)

    use this plugin.
    http://qad.donationcoders.com/wp/custom-smileys

    for additional smileys, download them from yahoo and add them to the folder inside the plugin named ‘yahoo’ in gif format. – b.

  8. Raaga says:

    Lovely round up. :bow:

    I should go back and check if that guy on the next street is selling water melons. :-)

  9. sandeepa says:

    Thanks for the lovely melony round up

  10. coffee says:

    ok…. I got the answere. :)

    Cool round up and wonderful 67 ways of eating watermelon! :)

  11. Jyothsna says:

    Square watermelons!! :horn: Hurray! Thats one cool round up!! And love these smileys :yes:

  12. Anonymous says:

    A-W-E-S-O-M-E, in a word bee!!!!…a perfect born to be blogger host..!!! ;;)

  13. Suganya says:

    Nobody will look at the humble fruit the same anymore. Thanks for the great round-up, J&B!

  14. bharathyvasu says:

    Oh,,that ananymous with the comment right up is ME :) ..

  15. Linda says:

    Hey Miss Bee (and Jai too) — watermelon roundup is spectacular! And not once did I do this: :notlisten Thanks for all the hard work you put into it. Someday I will blog about why I never, ever cook with watermelon (but I do like to eat it fresh!) ;)

    BTW You do realise now y’all have added these bouncing smileys, I will be spending a lot of free time here… Coffee probably won’t mind, seeing I’ve messed up her comments with so many of them…

  16. Priya says:

    :yes:
    Lovely round-up of recipes Jai & Bee and wonderfully presented. Who would have thought there were 67 ways of eating a Watermelon apart from the sink-your-teeth-into-them one !! We blogger are definitely overflowing with creativity ;)

  17. arundati says:

    fantastic roundup…..congratulations to all those who aprticipated!! :yes:

  18. Srivalli says:

    Great work Bee and Jai…and wonderful dishes….:yes:

    Srivalli
    http://www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

  19. viji says:

    This is something like a feast Bee. Great entries and great roundup. Viji

  20. sunita says:

    T…hat’s a great collection of watermelony recipes.Thanks :horn: …btw, those smilies are really irresistable ;;)

  21. neroli says:

    How wonderful! :horn:
    I love all the gorgeous ideas :idea:
    Thank you everyone!
    Thank you Bee and Jai!
    :bow:
    (Sunita is right—they are irresistable.)

  22. richa says:

    Square watermelon :laugh: what next….
    Thanks for ur tremendous efforts & hard work in putting these together :)

  23. trupti says:

    :yes:

    this rocks.

    how are you guys doing??

    fine, my dear. you haven’t been around much. hope all’s well with you. – b.

  24. Suma Gandlur says:

    That’s a great round up and appreciate your efforts and time.
    I like your ‘The taste of red’ picture.

  25. Asha says:

    This round up is just beautiful.What colorful entries!! Jam stands out for me,gorgeous. I didn’t know you you could use rinds as well.I have a huge Watermelon,a patient gave it to Arvind grown in his farm in Virginia! I will try your’s!:)
    Great job Jai and Bee,enjoy the weekend. :love:

  26. Jyothi says:

    Just excellent roundup. I will bookmark this. I want to try some of the above. Thanks dear. :) :love:

  27. Sig says:

    Great roundup! :cool: :horn:

  28. Pintoo says:

    That was one great roundup. Thank you so much for including my entries at the last moment. Really appreciate it.
    As always a great blog to visit.
    Pintoo

  29. Anonymous says:

    :yes: Nice round up!!!!!

  30. Wow, amazing round up! Very creative entries indeed! Thank you guys for being fabulous hosts :)
    Oh you have smilies! :yes: :horn: :dance: :angel: :rofl:

  31. RP says:

    Wow! Thats a cool roundup. Really cooling to see all those watermelony goodies. Totally amazed at all those rind preparations. :horn:
    Good job, b&j!

  32. sia says:

    :dance: oh cool…. i am really really happy to see this fabulous round-up and this cute SMILIES :yes: cant resist them :secret: :devil: :D
    yes yes yes :embarrass
    i love these smileys ;;) :dance:

  33. sharmi says:

    that is such a great spread of watermelon recipes. :horn:
    looks so red and lovely. thank you for the great job. never knew so much could be done out of watermelon.

  34. Archana says:

    :bow: :yes: ;;)
    The smileys work. They are cute.

    Great round up! So red and pretty. I love the yellows too.

    Jams, juice, granitas, salads…so many to try!

    Thanks for hosting.

  35. archana says:

    Bee thanx for the info on smileys. It is little complicated for me but I will still try. :yes: :bow: :horn:

  36. madhuli says:

    thanks for that lovely roundup..i was just wondering which smiley has not been used in the comments!all have been used ..ok i like this the best :bow: and :yes:

  37. MALLUGIRL says:

    isint it amazing to see the whole range of watermelon recipes?

  38. Mala says:

    Hi Jai & Bee

    Great round up! Thank you …..

    :embarrass :horn:

  39. Cynthia says:

    What a thirt-quenching, fun-loving, colour round up! Congrats to everyone :yes:

  40. Nupur says:

    This is the most luscious and refreshing round-up ever! Perfect timing for the dog days of summer (it is touching 100 here) …thanks B and J

  41. roopa says:

    wow excellent roundup ! i loved these smileys :yes: :dance:

  42. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful round-up! Art, uses for rind. And to think I thought that watermelon was only for melon balls and, perhaps, a juice or a punch. This is undoubtedly a tour-de-force.

    Well done and congratulations.

    Blessings and bliss

  43. Padma says:

    Great round up :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow:

    I love these smilies faces

  44. Lakshmi says:

    Great Round up! :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: :bow: F.A.N.T.A.S.T.I.C :horn: :yes:

  45. Cool roundup guys!

    Didn’t have internet connection this past week. and read a few books. Madhur Jaffrey’s ‘Climbing Mango Trees’ was one of them. In it, she talks about her grandmother making pickles out of Watermelon rind. There weren’t any recipe. :(
    Thought of your post. ;)

    -Mathy

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  47. Sarita Singh says:

    Hi this was really great ,, Sorry being late for 2 years ,, As it is now i got connected to Internet World,, This is really great,, I heard Square Watermelon in NEws ,, The dishes shown are cool and mouth watering,, nice collection in all respects.. Thanks



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