Use The Whole Watermelon
Did you know?
100% of watermelon is usable
Yes, even the rind! Whether you’re eco-, budget- or health-conscious (or just taste-conscious!), challenge yourself to use the whole watermelon – flesh, juice and rind.
Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is cholesterol-, fat- and sodium-free, an excellent source vitamin C, a source of vitamins A (8%) and B6 (6%), contains the antioxidant lycopene (12.7 mg) and the amino acid citrulline (286-1266 mg), is 92% water (supporting hydration) and only 80 calories per 2-cup serving.
Watermelon is an excellent value: just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people – ranking it #1 on the list of budget-friendly fruits at only 17 cents per serving2.
It’s reported that 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste1. Using watermelon rind in recipes, as serving vessels or even in composting can create less food waste.
- Gunders, D. (2012). Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40 of Its Food From Farm to Fork to Landfill. National Resources Defense Council. Retrieved April 29, 2015 from http://www.nrdc.org/food/files/wasted-food-ip.pdf.
- 2016 IR FreshLook POS.
Breaking it Down
Use Watermelon Flesh
From deep reds and pinks, to oranges, yellows and white, watermelon flesh adds a sunset of hues and sweet flavors to dishes year-round.
- Diced into salads or salsas (tip: grab fresh cuts from the store for quick and easy!)
- Skewered and grilled as kebobs
- As a “personal” or mini watermelon when you don’t need too much
- Simply enjoy a big, juicy slice!
Use Watermelon Juice
At 92% water, watermelon is an excellent choice for staying hydrated. Overripe watermelon? Don’t throw it out! Instead, juice or puree it to retain the value and nutrition.
- Blended into smoothies – ideal for breakfast or as pre-workout fuel
- Mixed into your favorite cocktail
- Straight up! Pure watermelon juice is delicious and refreshing
Use Watermelon Rind
Get more from your watermelon! The rind is often the most overlooked part of the watermelon. However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find how delicious and fun eating the rind can be.
- Sliced into a crunchy stir fry
- Fermented for sweet-salty pickles
- As a vessel or centerpiece for salsas, salads or smoothie bowls
So, you bought a whole watermelon…now what? One watermelon can easily be broken down into multiple delicious meals or snacks. Use these menus as a guide for using the whole watermelon.
Use the Whole Watermelon recipe inspiration from our 2017 recipe contest winners:
Watermelon Rind Kimchi Burger
By Shauna Havey (Roy, UT)
Zesty Watermelon Chicken Salad Tortilla Cups
By Shannon Kohn (Simpsonville, SC)
Lime-Mint Watermelon Granita with No-Churn Feta Ice Cream
By Carmell Childs (Clawson, UT)
Roasted Watermelon Rind Parmesan
By Helen Fields (Paradise, TX)
Carvings are a fantastic way to utilize the whole watermelon – whether creating a fun centerpiece or using as a vessel!
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