How to Eat Watermelon Rind

Watermelon rind is commonly eaten in China, Thailand, and the American south. Most of us, however, might be surprised at the idea of eating the rinds. And what’s even more surprising is that they’re actually good for you!

According to the USDA, watermelon rind is high in an amino acid called citrulline, which helps with circulation and blood vessel dilation.

You can chomp on the rind after finishing your slice of watermelon or you can use it in recipes.

In China and Thailand, watermelon rinds are stir-fried with all kinds of yummy ingredients like salted pork, ginger, and soy sauce.

Pickled watermelon rinds are popular in the American south as well as Russia, China, Thailand, and Japan.

In Iraq, watermelon rinds are turned into thick jam.

You’ll usually want to remove the bitter hard green skin on the outside of the rind and use just the white part, but some people like to leave on a little bit of green if they’re looking for a more bitter flavor to their recipe.

Do you have tips on how to use or eat watermelon rind? Let us know in the comments section below.


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