We all know that fruits are the best sources of vitamins and minerals, but what many people don’t know is that the skin of the fruits also contains the same nutrients as the flesh.
One of the skins you can actually eat is the watermelon rind. Yes, you read that right. The rind can be eaten and used topically. Actually, you SHOULD eat it, because it contains:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin B6
Even though the watermelon flesh contains higher amounts of vitamin C and B6, the important thing is the citrulline found in the rind.
Citrulline is important because it is an antioxidant and can also convert to the amino acid arginine in the body. Arginine is essential to the heart, circulatory system, and immune system. According to researchers, it has the ability to relax blood vessels, and may also be used to treat erectile dysfunction.
Here are some of the ways you can consume the rind:
Watermelon Rind Pickles
Since watermelon is part of the cucumber family, you can turn it into a pickle. Moreover, watermelon rind pickles are a common part of Southern cuisine.
Watermelon Rind Juice
While you try to juice watermelon, throw in the rind as well.
Sauteed Watermelon Rind Salad
Use the rind for a tasty side salad. Cube and saute the rind in a little bit of olive oil until softened, and add salt and pepper to taste.
Watermelon Rind Smoothie
Yes, you can prepare smoothie with the rind. And you can prepare it however you like.