This post is sponsored by Walmart. ¡Gracias!
Summer is officially here which also means watermelon season has arrived! Watermelons are a delicious and nutritious treat for our niños. Any watermelon fan knows that to enjoy a watermelon at its best it must be fresh and the closer it’s grown to you the better!
Walmart has locally-sourced watermelons, and we had the chance to talk with one of their local produce providers in California about their delicious watermelons. Dan Van Groningen’s family has a beautiful history here in California. Van Groningen & Sons, Inc. is a family-owned farming operation that started in California in 1922 by Henry Van Groningen Sr. Henry arrived to the U.S. in 1910 from the Netherlands. He passed down the family business to his sons and now grandsons who have been providing produce to Walmart in many California areas.
Dan Van Groningen of Van Groningen and Son’s Inc. told us they ”offer name recognition and the fact that we pick the produce when it is ripe. We have a fleet of our own trucks that deliver every day.” After tasting one these watermelons the difference was clear. “If families buy locally they will experience better quality when it comes to taste. We are blessed with an ideal climate in our area. Cool nights and warm days increase the sugar level or what we call brix” said Dan.
The natural sweetness of the watermelon inspired us to create watermelon popsicles reminiscent of the aguas frescas that keep our families refreshed on a hot day. They were super easy to make and we did not need to any sugar! We added a bit of pomegranate juice as well to blend the watermelon and the result was delicious. What made these popsicles taste even sweeter is knowing that the main ingredient came from a local family-owned farm.
Watermelon & Pomegranate Paletas Recipe
- 1 personal-sized seedless watermelon
- 1 pomegranate
- 1/2 cup of water
- Take all the seeds from your pomegranate and blend with 1/2 cup of water.
- Take the pomegranate seed juice from the blender and strain it.
- Chop up the inside of your watermelon and place in the blender with the pomegranate juice.
- Blend and pour the watermelon mix into your favorite popsicle mold and freeze.