Behind the Rind: 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Watermelon
Watermelon probably makes you think of your favourite, refreshing summertime snack—but there’s more to your watermelon than meets the eye! Here are four facts about this tasty treat that you may not know!
1. You can eat the WHOLE watermelon
Yes, even the rind! Whether you’re eco-, budget- or health-conscious, you can get the most out of your watermelon by using every bit – inside and out.
Inside: From deep reds and pinks, to orange and yellow, watermelon flesh adds a sunset of hues and sweet flavours to dishes any time of year. Dice it into salads or salsas, skewer or grill it as kebobs, or simply enjoy a big, juicy slice. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
Juice: At 92% water, watermelon is an excellent choice for staying hydrated. And don’t throw away that overripe watermelon! Just juice or puree it to retain the value and nutrition, whether you drink it straight up, blend it into smoothies, or mix it into your favourite cocktail.
Rind: Surprised? The rind is often the most overlooked part of the watermelon. But it’s edible and can be used as a vegetable! Try stir-frying, stewing or pickling the rind. Or use a hollowed watermelon as a compostable bowl for serving up salsas, salads or smoothies.
(For some tips on how to cut and use the rind, here’s a how-to video.)
2. Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable
Did you know watermelon belongs to both the fruit and vegetable families? The flesh is often used as a sweet enhancer or fun accompaniment to everyday meals while the rind is commonly used as a vegetable (stir-fried, stewed and often pickled).
Being both a fruit and a vegetable, it’s no surprise watermelon contains a variety of essential nutrients. Some of these nutrients include Vitamin A (8% DV based on a 280g serving) and Vitamin C (25% DV based on a 280g serving).
Feeling hungry? Check out our traditional and out-of-the-box recipe ideas.
3. Watermelon is not just a summer fruit
While the word “watermelon” alone conjures up moments of free-spirted summertime — family BBQs, lazy beach days, and seasonal soirees — the reality is that watermelon is always available. Thanks to imported watermelon, we can enjoy it all year long with fresh cuts, minis and juices. There are 1,200 varieties of watermelon grown in 96 countries worldwide with the five main types being seeded, seedless, mini, yellow and orange. There’s a watermelon for every season!
Find inspiration on how to make every season sweeter with these fun watermelon carving instructions.
4. Watermelons are supposed to have that yellow spot
You may think the yellow spot (also called “the ground spot”) is an imperfection, but it’s actually a sign of a great watermelon.
Pick the perfect watermelon using these 3 easy steps:
Look the watermelon over: Look for a firm watermelon free from bruises, cuts or dents.
Lift it up: The watermelon should be heavy for its size because it’s 92% water.
Turn it over: The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. It’s weird if it’s NOT there!
(To learn how to cut quick watermelon cubes watch this video.)
So, there you go; four facts that will help you get more from every watermelon – AND impress your friends on trivia night! (You never know when watermelon might be the category!)