Various watermelon cuts; sticks slices, chunks, diced, balls, rind, wedge and juice

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 heart cutouts on black wooden table


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.

various forms of watermelon on white background - whole, slice star cutout with cutter, puree, balls with melon baller, diced and sticks. knife in foreground


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.

watermelon, cut in half, seemingly suspended in air with variegated pink background


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.

  1. 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
  2. 2016 IR FreshLook POS.

Breaking it Down

watermelon cubes being cut. hand and knife shown in process of cutting, cut rind on side

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.

Try it…

  • 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!
Watermelon Keg Carving

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.

Try it…

  • 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
Watermelon Rind Kimchi

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.

Try it…

  • 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:

  • Kimchi Burger on rectangular bamboo plate with watermelon wedge and kimchi in jar with spoon in background, set on wooden table


    Watermelon Rind Kimchi Burger

    By Shauna Havey (Roy, UT)

  • Serving platter with tortilla cups


    Zesty Watermelon Chicken Salad Tortilla Cups

    By Shannon Kohn (Simpsonville, SC)

  • Lime Mint Watermelon Granita (x2) in small dessert/parfait style clear glasses with two spoons in foreground. Mint garnish. Ingredients in background


    Lime-Mint Watermelon Granita with No-Churn Feta Ice Cream

    By Carmell Childs (Clawson, UT)

  • Roasted Rind Parmesan in baking pan with spatula on side. Set on red with white polkadot napkin on wooden table


    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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