A simple mixture of fruit puree, water, lime juice and a dash of sugar and you've got the perfect summertime drink.After a delicious summer picnic, it almost feels like our tastebuds crave a slice of juicy melon for dessert on instinct.On average, California cantaloupes grow for about 60-70 days in the heart of the season, which makes them a more favorable water-wise option.Another interesting bit of information you may not have been aware of: about 500,000 acres of the southern desert region is provided with water from the All-American Canal which transports water from the Colorado River.
We will keep you posted on crop supplies as the season progresses.
The following recipe is for a large amount of agua fresca, about 2 liters worth.
Cut down or double the recipe as needed to satisfy your drinkers. When I need something cool and refreshing, I grab an agua fresca!
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This is good news for lovers of early-season cantaloupe since southern desert farmers are not as impacted by drought conditions as are producers in California’s central valley.