THE rind of a watermelon is often discarded, but is rich in vitamins and delicious when prepared properly.
Most people who eat watermelons are usually seen eating the red interior of the refreshing fruit, spitting out the seeds and staying away from its nutritious rind.
However, the peel of the fruit, known as the rind, is low in calories and rich in nutrients.
“Watermelon rind is the tough outer layer of a watermelon and is typically green on the outside, fading to a pale white on the inside before giving way to the red and pink flesh itself,” according to Organic Facts.
“This skin is decidedly harder and less juicy than the fruit it protects, but contrary to what many people think, it is entirely edible.”
The bark contains a lot of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, zinc and other minerals.
It’s also condensed with chlorophyll, citrulline, lycopene, flavonoids, phenols and amino acids, Organic Facts explains.
The main benefits of consuming watermelon rind are that it can improve the appearance of the skin, lower blood pressure, boost the immune system, increase libido, and alleviate pregnancy symptoms.
Healthline notes that some research shows that the amino acid citrulline, found in the bark, “may help men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.”
The health information website suggests garnishing your watermelon rind with lemon juice and chili powder to make it tastier.
According to Kitchn, five clever ways to use watermelon rinds are to salt them, make them into a chutney, use them in an Indian curry, make gazpacho, and candy them.
Once the watermelon rind is marinated, it can be used either as a condiment or as an addition to your tuna or salad.
The tasting chart lists the ingredients used to pickle the rind, such as watermelon, kosher salt, lime juice, maple syrup, rice wine vinegar, a cinnamon stick, and a kaffir lime leaf.
Speaking to Mind Body Green (MBG), Registered Dietitian Brenna Wallace explains, “Believe it or not, you can (and should) actually eat watermelon rind.”
Regarding pickling watermelon, Wallace told the outlet, “Similar to pickles, pickling watermelon rinds is a popular way to take advantage of its many benefits.”
It is also possible to juice the rind and make smoothies.
Registered Dietitian Ella Davar tells MBG that tossing strawberries, ice, lemon juice and watermelon slices with the zest are the perfect ingredients for a zest drink.
She also suggests that honey and ginger could well be added to the mix.
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