These watermelon trees are the perfect raw treat to take any function, especially at Christmas time.
When I first saw these a few years back, thanks to my gorgeous and creative sister-in-law, I fell in love with them on the spot.
Frankly they’re so impressive, and SO quick and easy, that they’re worth making anytime you can get your hands on some fresh and juicy watermelon.
Make up any reason you can. Pretend it’s “Hug a Tree Day” , or “National Park Day”, or “Save the Rainforest Week”.
Get creative so you always have an excuse to share these around.
I could rabbit on about how delicious and incredibly simple they are, or I could just show you how to make them.
So I will.
How to Make Watermelon Trees
1. Get a quarter of a watermelon
2. Cut it into slices
3. Cut a slice in half
4. Slice the rind into thirds
5. Trim the rind from the flesh at the sides
Here’s a quick recap of the stages for you…
And voila, you have a bunch of watermelon Christmas trees. (Or should that be a grove of trees?)
See? How easy was that?
So simple, so delicious, and guaranteed to impress.
Watermelon Tree recipe
Make sure to read the tips below the recipe to get the most out of this delightful watermelon tree recipe.
- ¼ fresh watermelon (quartered lengthways)
- Cut watermelon into triangular slices.
- Cut each slice in half.
- Slice the rind into thirds.
- Trim off the left-hand and right-hand pieces of rind.
During: 5 mins
Need: Board & sharp knife
- Make sure you get a really nice watermelon – ripe, juicy and full of flavour.
- The angle you trim the rind off at the sides can make a big difference to how “tree-like” your trees look, so play with doing it straight and at angles and see what you like the best.
- If you get it wrong, who cares? You just get to eat the “mistakes”. More watermelon for you.
- Keep in mind that you’re not wasting any of the juicy watermelon flesh. The only thing you’re chopping off is the rind.
- Not only do these trees look cute, but the tree “stumps” make the perfect handles for holding while you eat the trees, so they’re ideal for small hands. My 4yo daughter loves these. Definitely a great way to encourage kids to eat more fruit. You’ll be a “healthy food hero” if you turn up to the next school function with a plate full of these!
I have my sister-in-law, Erin, to thank for this wonderful idea.
I know I’m not the first person to discover it, and I sure hope I won’t be the last, because these trees deserve to be shared.
Have an awesome, watermelon tree filled day.
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And a very Merry Christmas.
~ Nikki, Eating Vibrantly