When you want to have a taste of summer, watermelons are the perfect treat – be it as a watermelon drink, frozen popsicles or just to be eaten on its own. Some, however, might dislike the idea of having to deal with the seeds and rinds, which might seem like choking hazards and account as more waste that you need to toss.
But don’t throw them away just yet – these seemingly unimportant parts are actually safe to eat, and even beneficial for your health.
Watermelon seeds are a great source of good fats, iron, folate and magnesium. With low calorie – 30 grams or about 400 seeds contain just 158 calories – they make for a great snack or breakfast bowl topping. Preparing them is also easy – you can simply roast them in an oven for 15 minutes at 160°C and sprinkle them with salt as needed.
The rinds are also packed with nutrients, including vitamins B, C and citrulline, the latter of which helps with blood pressure and libido. You can eat rinds as they are, pickle them or add them to stir-fry for a crunchy texture.
So, will you try the seeds or rinds next time?