Ever heard of a Santa Claus watermelon? I had not until a couple of weeks ago when I found out the grocery I went to was out of watermelon (which I thought was odd at the beginning of August). I was getting ready to make a gazpacho (cold soup) and the melon was to be the base. I spotted the Santa Claus melons where the usual melons were and the sign just said “seasonal melons”. Curiosity had me reading the tiny label that said Santa Claus and I thought that was the name of the farm or brand name. Not until I did some research did I find out more about this tasty and refreshing member of the melon family. I never found out exactly where it was grown and probably not local but at least it is in season. It looks like its namesake comes from the fact that it is considered a winter melon which means it takes longer to ripen and has a thicker rind. These melons can be refrigerated for up to two months and possibly lasting until around Christmas. Gazpacho is similar to pesto in that it can be made in unlimited ways and is only limited by one’s imagination. There is plenty of room for experimentation here so have fun with the blend of flavors and enjoy this dish maybe into the winter.
Santa Claus Gazpacho