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Recipe: Lucky Melon Soda

Recipe: Lucky Melon Soda

Lucky Melon Soda

by Dylan Sabuco
Photo by Nature1000/Shutterstock.com
prep time
5 minutes
cook time
makes
4-6 servings

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Lucky Melon Soda

Melon cream soda is a very popular summertime drink in Japan. We think you’re going to love this FRESH MELON version!

Happy & Healthy Cooking,

Chef Erin, Food-Geek-in-Chief

Fun-Da-Mentals Kitchen Skills

  • blend :

    to stir together two or more ingredients until just combined; blending is a gentler process than mixing.

  • measure :

    to calculate the specific amount of an ingredient required using a measuring tool (like measuring cups or spoons).

  • pour :

    to cause liquid, granules, or powder to stream from one container into another.

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Ingredients

Lucky Melon Soda

  • 1 small melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, or watermelon are great)
  • 1/2 C heavy whipping cream **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub 1/2 C dairy-free/nut-free whipping cream or milk)**
  • 1/4 C white sugar
  • 2 C sparkling water
  • ice (optional)

Food Allergen Substitutions

Lucky Melon Soda

  • Dairy: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free whipping cream or milk for heavy whipping cream in Soda.

Instructions

Lucky Melon Soda

1.
blend + measure + pour

Cut 1 small melon in half and scoop all the juicy fruit out with a spoon. Place all of the melon in the bottom of a pitcher with 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream and 1/4 cup sugar and blend until smooth. Continue blending while you pour in 2 cups of sparkling water. Once fully blended, pour over ice and enjoy!

Surprise Ingredient: Melon!

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  • Melons originally came from Africa and southwestern Asia. Ancient Egyptians first cultivated melons around 2,000 BCE. After they grew in popularity in Europe, melons were introduced to America by Spanish settlers during the 15th and 16th centuries.
  • Melons are part of the Cucurbitaceae or gourd family. Their flesh is sweet and edible. The three melon varieties that you may be most familiar with are cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. 
  • The flesh of a cantaloupe is orange, honeydew can be light green to green, and watermelon is usually red, although it can be yellow, orange, or white. 
  • Because the melon is from the same family as the cucumber, pumpkin, and squash and is harvested and cleared from fields like other vine-growing vegetables, it can be classified as a vegetable. However, the melon is botanically a fruit and technically a type of berry called a pepo.  
  • The size of a melon depends on its variety. The largest recorded watermelon was 262 pounds!
  • Watermelon is now the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.
  • Scientists have created cube-shaped melons! Packaging and transporting this type of melon require less effort than rounded kinds of melon. However, cube-shaped melons are far more expensive than conventional melons.
  • Melons have high nutritional value as they are a rich source of vitamin C and B vitamins and minerals such as potassium, manganese, iron, and phosphorus.

Let's Learn About Japan!

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  • Japan is an East Asian island country with more than 6,800 islands! However, there are five main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu (called "Hondo" or "mainland"), Kyushu, Okinawa, and Shikoku. 
  • The country is governed by a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy, with an emperor, a prime minister, and a legislature. 
  • Japanese is the official language, with English becoming more widespread in business and education. 
  • Japan lies on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," contributing to its island geography. There are more than 111 active volcanoes, and Japan has the most earthquakes every year. Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain and volcano in Japan at 12,389.2 feet. 
  • Tokyo is Japan's capital and largest city. Japan's total area is 145,937 square miles, and its population is over 125.5 million. 
  • The Japanese word for Japan is "Nihon" or "Nippon." The Japanese or "kanji" characters used for its name mean "origin of the sun." This is the source of Japan's nickname, "Land of the Rising Sun." The red circle in the center of the Japanese flag represents the rising sun, or "circle of the sun." 
  • "Kanji" is a Japanese writing system that uses characters derived from Chinese writing. Each character represents a word or words. 
  • Ancient warriors of Japan were known as Samurai and were highly skilled swordsmen and fighters. 
  • Japan's national flower is the cherry blossom. The symbolism of the cherry blossom is abundant in Japan. The cherry blossom tree is also known as the Japanese cherry or "Sakura" (which means "cherry blossoms").
  • Haiku poetry originated in Japan. Haiku consists of just three lines, with the first line being 5 syllables, the second line 7 syllables, and the 3rd line 5 syllables. 
  • Shigeichi Negishi, a Japanese engineer, created the first karaoke-like machine in 1967, using 8-track tapes and booklets for the lyrics. However, he was not successful in distributing his "Sparko Box" machines. 
  • Then, in the early 1970s, a Japanese musician, Daisuke Inoue, marketed tape machines, taped music, and amplifiers to bars to accompany regular people who wanted to get up on stage and sing, and his karaoke business model took off. 
  • Japan produces the most robotics globally. The ASIMO is a human-like robot created by Japanese engineers of Honda Motor Company in 2000. The acronym stands for Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility.
  • Sumo wrestling is Japan's national sport, and like sumo, other martial arts originated in Japan, including karate, judo, kendo, jujutsu, and aikido. Western sports such as baseball, basketball, and soccer are also popular.
  • Since the 8th century, Coming of Age Day has been a holiday to celebrate a young person reaching the age of maturity—20 years old in Japan. Their special day serves to encourage them as they realize their adulthood. 
  • The Japanese tea ceremony is considered a traditional art in Japan, and some practice it as a hobby to share with family and friends. Tea was brought to Japan from China in the 9th century by a Buddhist monk. It is said that the ritual of drinking green tea began as a way for the monks to keep awake during meditation.
  • Japan has about four million vending machines, the highest per capita worldwide. The machines sell everything from hotdogs to underwear and soup to umbrellas!
  • In addition to sushi, other Japanese dishes include "soba" (thin buckwheat noodles), "teriyaki" (broiled or grilled seafood or meat with a soy sauce glaze), "tempura" (battered and deep-fried seafood, meat, and veggies), and yakitori (skewered grilled chicken). 
  • Many kids and adults enjoy bento boxes, which are lunch boxes filled with sushi and other snacks. Bento boxes are an experience with texture, shapes, and flavors!

What's It Like to Be a Kid in Japan?

  • Most school children in Japan wear uniforms, and their school breaks are shorter than in other countries. 
  • Kids have to learn 1,026 basic kanji characters by the time they finish sixth grade.
  • Parents and schools teach kids to respect their elders, teachers, and each other.
  • Primary school kids eat lunch together in their classrooms. A few students are assigned to get the lunches, serve them to their classmates, and return the dirty dishes to the school kitchen. Every student prepares themselves for lunch by cleaning their desks and washing their hands. In some schools they even put on a lunch uniform—a white garment and hat—to protect their clothes.
  • Some of the sports and martial arts kids participate in are baseball, soccer, swimming, judo, kendo, and karate.
  • School lunch may consist of rice or noodles, soup, fish or meat, fruit, salad, a cup of tea, and always a bottle or carton of milk.  
  • Two popular sweet treats kids in Japan like are "mochi," a molded cake made of rice, sugar, cornstarch, and water, sometimes with a sweet red bean filling, and "Pocky," a brand of chocolate-coated biscuit sticks.

The Yolk's On You

How do you make a cantaloupe shake? 

Put it into the freezer until it shivers.

The Yolk's On You

What did the rice say to the watermelon? 

"Don’t be a slow-POKE!"

That's Berry Funny

A watermelon proposed to its sweetheart: “Honeydew, wanna get married?”

“Oh yes,” she replied, “but we cantaloupe!”

Lettuce Joke Around

What did the one melon say to the other melon when they fell in love? 

We’re just too young ... we cantaloupe!

That's Berry Funny

When do you go at red and stop at green? 

When you’re eating a watermelon!

Lettuce Joke Around

Why did the cantaloupe jump into the water?

Because it wanted to be a watermelon!

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