We enjoyed a wonderful class at Bramble Market on August 10 and got to utilize their crop of Black Diamond Watermelons in fresh from a local farmer. According to the Bonnie Plants website the seeds are heirloom and have ties to Arkansas:
"Black Diamond is a classic oblong watermelon with a black-green rind covering bright red, crisp, flavorful flesh. In the 1950s, Black Diamond was a very popular home garden variety. Fruits have gray-black seeds (perfect for seed spitting contests) and can grow quite large. In Arkansas, where it’s rumored to have been developed, local gardeners recommend this melon for greased watermelon contests: Simply grease the melon, place it into a child’s plastic swimming pool, and get ready for some fun as the kids chase it and try to grab it! Drought-resistant and prolific.
Black Diamond Watermelon Agua Fresca
1 container frozen lemonaide
2 cups water
2 cups fresh watermelon or more if desired.
4 mint leaves
Add all ingredients in a pitcher. Use a handheld mixer to blend until smooth. Poor in ice filled glasses and enjoy!