Fragrant Melon Fruit Salad

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You can also add blueberries, chopped mango or papaya or honey dew melon to this delicious and easy dessert.Serves 6-8.






  • 1/4 cup dark muscavado sugar
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cm piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into thin sticks
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1 vanilla pod, split down the centre
  • 1/2 medium sized watermelon
  • 1 rockmelon
  • 4 mint leaves, roughly torn


Place the sugar, star anise, ginger, lime juice and vanilla in a small saucepan with 1/2 cup of water and heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
Using a melon baler scoop the melons into balls and place in a large bowl. Alternatively chop the melon into chunks.
Strain the syrup although you may like to leave the star anise in, pour over the melon and scatter with mint leaves.

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