What to do with watermelon seeds and rind
It is summer here in beautiful Cape Town and it’s watermelon and mango time! Two of my ultimate favourites of the season.
It is wonderful to eat according to the rhythm of the seasons. Always something wonderful to look forward to.
We purchased a beautiful FAT watermelon this morning and after a lot of ‘mmmmm oh my gosh, is this ridiculously sweet or what!?’ We felt complete bliss and a bit in love with this sweet gorgeous thing.
After cutting the rest of the watermelon, we were left with loads of rind and pips. Ready for the compost bin! But then I thought, ‘what else are these babies good for’ ‘What else could I possibly do with watermelon pips and rind?
After some ‘Googling’ I found a-m-azing! ideas. Who would have thought?
Now the funny thing is that most of you probably know about these already, but I just had no idea!
Apparently you can fry it, roast it, juice it and drive your car with it (i.e. create ethanol with it).
Recycling ideas with watermelon rind and seeds
1. You can make tea with the seeds. Whaaat? Yip, I felt the same way. You grind the pips fine and add boiling water and strain.
2. You can drizzle the pips with a bit of oil and spices and roast them or dehydrate. What an idea!
3. You can make watermelon preserve or pickles with the white rind. Have to try this. Link to recipe.
4. Juice the chlorophyll rind and add to other juices or smoothies for a health kick.
Watermelons are super healthy too. The rind and seeds even more so. Here we are throwing those away as scrap, meanwhile you can make a whole extra meal with it and give your kids super nutrition. I’ve read that in China it is considered medicinal. From sorting out worms in your gut to erectile uhm dysfunction to heart conditions to arthritis. Google it, you’ll be amazed.
Lots of ‘watermelon’ love!