10 Ways to Eat Watermelon Rind


10 ways to eat watermelon rind by myheartbeets.com

Watermelon is a classic summer fruit – a staple at every picnic, potluck and barbecue. It’s red flesh is so sweet and juicy that it needs no recipe. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for watermelon’s green rind. The mildly sweet rind is often destined for the compost pile or worse, the trash. Well, I’m here to tell you that not only is the rind edible – there’s actually a lot that you can do with it.

From sweet candy to spicy curry, there are so many uses for watermelon rind. Not only is it tasty when prepared properly, it’s also good for the environment, economical, and good for your health. Research shows that watermelon rind offers a natural source of citrulline, an amino acid shown to have many benefits including helping with muscle soreness, low blood sugar, and much more (download the full study here).

With that…

Here are 10 Ways to Eat Watermelon Rind:
  1. Traditional Indian Curry
  2. Sweet & Spicy Chutney
  3. Watermelon (Rind) Gazpacho
  4. Coconut Curry
  5. Moroccan Salad
  6. Sweet Jam
  7. Pickled Rind
  8. Fermented Pickles
  9. Chinese Pickles
  10. Candied Rind

If you have a recipe you’d like to add, or want to share how you eat the rind, leave us a comment below!

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  1. Lili says

    The link for the study is no longer active. Do you still happen to remember the name of the article? I was curious to read it!

    Thank you!

  2. Ann says

    Hi Sister Catherine! You can simply press CTRL and P at the same time and it will open the box to print – by the way this shortcut is valuable everywhere on your computer. Hope it will help you!

  3. Simone says

    I love watermelons but never came across a recipe that uses no sugar to save the rinds from facing the trash can…. Can I use them for regular dinner cooking?
    Lamb? Veggies? Steak? Fish? Shell Fish? I’m from Brazil and open to every cuisine.
    Appreciate replies. Cheers!

    • Joseph R. Armadillo says

      I love the rind! It is my favorite part of the chicken! I highly recommend to any adventurous cuisiner to try it!

  4. Patricia Higgins says

    I put the rinds in sugar & water & cook till tender. Then chill. Eat over icecream, cottage cheese, or sprinkle with cinnamon. Delicious

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