Cucamelons are the most adorable fruit you never knew existed

August 24, 2016 by  
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®Flickr/ David Edwards The cucamelon,  Melothria scabra , is similar to a cucumber with a crisp bite and an aromatic, citrusy flavor. Its petite striped appearance lends it a number of alternative nicknames, from ” Sandia de Raton” (” Mouse Melon”) to “Mexican Sour Gherkin.” Image via Underwood Gardens Can’t find cucamelons at your farmer’s market? While August is probably too late in the summer to start growing your own (unless you live in Hawaii or the very warmest parts of the Southern US), you can bookmark these green cuties in your favorite seed catalog and look forward to starting the seedlings early next spring . Cucamelons are reputedly easy to grow and even if your garden consists of containers on a balcony, you can still grow them up a trellis or inside a tomato cage. RELATED: 30 easy and delicious popsicle recipes While you might be tempted to Instagram them instead of cooking, you can slice up tiny cucamelons to make a refreshing, colorful radish salad. If you don’t want to slice up the adorable baby watermelons, you can also serve them whole as a garnish on a summer cocktail – try spearing a cucamelon on a swizzle stick and serving it with a refreshing mint julep. Image via Snaplant Cucamelon-Radish Salad Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need about 14-16 cucamelons, 5 radishes, rice vinegar, fresh dill, sea salt, and freshly ground pepper. Step Two: Slice and mix Slice the cucamelons lengthwise and add them to a salad bowl. Slice the radishes into thin rounds and mix in. Drizzle the salad with about 2 tablespoons of rice vinegar. Toss with a generous pinch of sea salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Garnish with fresh dill fronds and serve. Serves 4. RELATED: 6 super easy gardening projects to do this weekend Can’t find any cucamelons to cook with? Try one of these refreshing summer recipes made with watermelon or cucumber instead, and bring along to your next BBQ or picnic. Image via Pixabay Frozen Watermelon Smoothie Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need one small seedless watermelon, or about 4 cups of diced watermelon with seeds removed, 2 bananas, 1/2 cup coconut water, and 1 one-inch piece of peeled fresh ginger root. Step Two: Freeze Pop cubed watermelon in the freezer for a couple hours, or until completely frozen. You can prepare extra frozen watermelon in plastic bags or food storage containers so its ready to use later. Step Three: Blend Fire up your blender and drop in the coconut water and peeled ginger. Blend until the ginger is well chopped. Add the 2 bananas and blend. Finally, add the frozen watermelon and blend until creamy and smooth. Serve in a glass with a straw and enjoy! Serves 4. Image via Wikimedia Yogurt-Cucumber Dip Step One: Gather your ingredients You’ll need: 2 cups of Greek yogurt, 2 large cucumbers (or 4 small Persian cucumbers), 1 small clove garlic, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, juice of 1/2 lemon, and 2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill. Step Two: Grate and dice If you’re using regular large grocery-store cucumbers, you’ll need to peel the thick, bitter skin off first. If you’re using thin-skinned Persian cucumbers, you can simply wash them and chop off the ends. Using a box grater, grate all of your cucumber into a bowl. Squeeze the grated cucumbers gently and drain off any excess water and juice. Finely dice the small clove of garlic. Step Three: Mix dip In a bowl, mix the two cups of Greek yogurt with the grated cucumber, diced garlic, juice of 1/2 lemon, and chopped dill. Add a generous pinch of sea salt and some ground black pepper and taste, adding more if desired. Let the dip sit in a covered dish in the refrigerator for an hour to allow the flavors to blend. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or freshly warmed baguette or pita bread.

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DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts, Sunburns, and Scaly Skin

February 10, 2014 by  
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Winter isn’t merely the season when people slog through sleet and suffer from cracked skin and windburn: it’s also the time when many folks head off to warmer climates for a bit of R&R on sandy beaches. By now, we all know the importance of protecting and nourishing skin through all kinds of weather, be that wearing sunscreen year-round or moisturizing after wind or sun exposure, but there’s also just the sublime pleasure of pampering our skin with something lovely. Facial and body mists can cool you down after a day at the beach, replenish your skin after a snowy outing, or just offer a bit of uplifting aromatherapy during these darker days. Read the rest of DIY: 5 All-Natural Facial and Body Mists to Battle Breakouts, Sunburns, and Scaly Skin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: almond oil , aromatherapy , care products , chamomile , clary sage , cucumber , DIY , DIY skincare , essential oils , face , face mist , face spray , facial , facial mist , facial spray , glycerin , hot flashes , how-to , lavender , olive oil , Organic , rose water , skincare , soothing , spray , spray bottle , sunburn , Vegan Skincare , witch hazel        

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New Map Shows Accelerated Animal Migration and Extinction Due to Climate Change

February 10, 2014 by  
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The true threat that climate change poses to various species across the globe is staggering, and thanks to a new map from  CSIRO and an international team of scientists, we now have a visual representation. The map shows how climate change will force Australian animals and plants to find new homes, or face extinction. Areas most seriously affected include central and eastern Australia, large portions of Queensland, and a significant chunk of Northwestern Australia. Read the rest of New Map Shows Accelerated Animal Migration and Extinction Due to Climate Change Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal extinction from climate change , animal migration corridors , animal migration in Australia , animal migration map , animal sink areas , animal thermal limits , climate change adaptation , coping with climate change , CSIRO climate change map , Koala bear extinction , long-spined sea urchins , species migration map        

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Copenhagen Zoo Shoots 18-Month-Old Giraffe and Publicly Feeds it to the Lions (Video)

February 10, 2014 by  
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Copenhagen Zoo just drew international outrage after shooting a baby giraffe and then cutting it up in front of a crowd in a bid to prevent ‘inbreeding.’ According to reports, the animal was coaxed into a yard and then shot in the head from behind . He was then carved into pieces in front of a crowd of people (including children) before parts of the carcass were fed to lions. Read the rest of Copenhagen Zoo Shoots 18-Month-Old Giraffe and Publicly Feeds it to the Lions (Video) Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Animals , baby giraffe , baby giraffe killed , baby giraffe Marius , copenhagen zoo , copenhagen zoo kills giraffe , euthanisia , inbreeding , longleat safari park , Marius giraffe , Wildlife conservation , zoo animals        

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Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries

February 10, 2014 by  
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While electric vehicles (EV) are a huge boon for the environment , it is unclear what will become of all the used batteries.  Sumitomo Corporation may have the answer – they’ve created a large-scale power storage system that will run entirely on used EV batteries. The project is located on Yume-shima Island, Osaka and it aims to prove the technology’s viability while measuring the smoothing effect of energy output fluctuation from a nearby solar farm over the next three years. Read the rest of Japan Tests World’s First Power Storage System Made Entirely from Reused EV Batteries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Hikari-no-mori solar farm , large-scale EV battery power storage system , Ministry of the Environment of Japan , nissan leaf electric vehicle , Norihiko Nonaka , recycled EV batteries , reused EV batteries , smoothing effect of energy output fluctuation , Sumimoto Corporation        

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7 DIY Face Masks for Gorgeous Spring and Summer Skin

May 3, 2013 by  
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