Mousse All’Anguria – Water Melon Mousse

When it gets really hot in Venice there are a few possibilities to cool down,  I mean culinarywise. One of my favorites during these really hot days called  le giornate di solleone is a slice of anguria (water melon). Did you know that anguria grows right around the corner ? The Veneto is the third largest producer of water melons in northern Italy.

Here I’m taking you for a stroll on Strada Nova in the early afternoon. The Rialto Market is closed by now and Venice is taking a rest from the heat. Yet these market stalls are open and offer delicious-looking angúria with light green and emerald-colored stripes outside.

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Eating a few slices of anguria warm from the sun so not to disturb your stomach always works when you’re really thirsty. Water melons are so rich in water and vitamins A and C. Even when we keep anguria in the fridge, we wait for half an hour before we eat it. Never eat fruit from the fridge, my grandmother would say.

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Empty streets off Strada Nova in the early afternoon …

Anguria grows mostly in the provinces of Rovigo and Padua but also around Verona and Treviso. You don’t find large-scale cultivation in the Lagoon, though.

We love eating anguria as appetizer with Prosciutto di San Daniele.  Choose a  slightly smoked variant of prosciutto and make salsa verde, a refreshing green sauce, consisting of prezzemolo (parsley), capers and chili, all mixed with olive oil and worked into a pesto.

We also love  mousse all’anguria, water melon mousse as dessert and between courses. Cut a few slices of anguria into tiny pieces, smash them and mix them with a few tablespoons almond milk. Add a hint of cardamom and cane sugar, then put the mousse into the fridge for half an hour. Wonderful to nourish your skin from inside, by the way !!

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2 thoughts on “Mousse All’Anguria – Water Melon Mousse

    1. That’s what my nonna also loves – there’s no summer evening – or late afternoon – without anguria. The mousse was made for me when I was a small child. Many recipes here are recollections of my childhood in Venice ..

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