Watermelon is juicy and rich in nutrients. This sweet fruit is everything you need in hot summer days. But, do you tend to use its rind as well? Like its cousin the cucumber the whole thing is edible.
Unfortunately, the rind ends up in the trash can.
What you don’t know is the fact that watermelon rinds are healthier than the fruit itself. The white part of the rind is packed with healthy nutrients, and it’s definitely something you should add to your menu.
Yes, we know it’s a bit tasteless, but the rind is rich in vitamins A, B6, C, and minerals such as potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It’s an excellent source of lycopene, a brilliant antioxidant.
Watermelon rind contains citrulline. This amino acid builds strong and healthy muscles. Fiber in watermelon rinds promotes weight loss.
Did you know that citrulline soothes nerves, and aids in the treatment of anxiety?
The rind is mostly water, which makes it an excellent diuretic. It flushes out toxins and excess water. Need an efficient immunity booster? Just make sure the rind ends up in your smoothie.
Watermelon rinds makes for a nice addition to salads. It works well with tuna and turkey.
Here are three ways to put that rind to good use:
- PICKLED – Watermelon rind is pretty similar to a cucumber, which is why it’s no surprise that that pickled watermelon rind (that’s a picture above) is such a popular option. If you’d like to try it for yourself, here’s a recipe.
- JUICED – By now, we’ve all heard about watermelon juice, which is made from the juicy, red flesh of the melon, but did you know you can juice the rind, too? Just like the watermelon flesh, rind is loaded with water and nutrients. Looking for some inspiration?
- STIR-FRIED – When it’s cut up, watermelon rind is just like a vegetable, which means it can be tossed in a pan and stir fried right alongside broccoli and carrots.
Do you need more reasons to use watermelon rinds more often? No? Well, that’s what I thought.