Largest producer of what?

Jul 01, 15 Largest producer of what?

Friend, Did you know that Florida is the largest producer of watermelons in the United States? Florida farmers plant and harvest more than 20,000 acres of watermelon each year.

In honor of watermelon being in season, I’m sharing one of our famous “Fresh From Florida” watermelon recipes.

What could be better on a warm summer evening than the savory and sweet flavor of Florida Watermelon Slices with Balsamic Syrup, Mint Oil and Feta Cheese?

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So, stop by your local grocer this weekend, pick up a juicy watermelon and enjoy a summer evening the “Fresh From Florida” way.

 

Sincerely,

 

Adam H. Putnam

Commissioner

Florida Watermelon Slices

 

Florida Watermelon Slices with Balsamic Syrup, Mint Oil and Feta Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

Watermelon Slices

* 6-12 slices of fresh Florida watermelon

* 4-6 ounces feta cheese, crumbled

Mint Oil

* 1/2 cup olive oil

* 20-25 fresh mint leaves

* 2 tablespoons fresh parsley

* Sea salt to taste

Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

* 1 1⁄2 cups balsamic vinegar

* 3 tablespoons natural Florida sugar

Directions:

Watermelon Slices

1. Arrange slices of watermelon on individual plates or a large platter.

2. Drizzle small amounts of mint oil and balsamic syrup over the

watermelon slices.

3. Add the crumbled feta cheese to the top of the sliced melon.

4. Serve cold.

Mint Oil

1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.

Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

2. In a medium-sized sauce pan, combine vinegar and sugar.

3. Bring ingredients to a boil and turn down heat so the vinegar won’t boil over.

4. Continue to cook for about 20 minutes until the syrup coats the back of a spoon.

5. You should end up with about 1/3 of a cup of syrup.

6. Let cool to room temperature.

 

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