Health & Wellness

Don’t Toss That Watermelon Peel! Make a Delicious Snack Instead

Summer brings with it the joy of juicy watermelons, a seasonal favorite for their refreshing taste. But before you think about discarding those watermelon peels, consider this: they can be transformed into a delightful and healthy snack! With just a spoonful of baking soda and no added sugar, you can turn what would be waste into a tasty treat. Here’s how to make a delicious, crunchy snack from watermelon peel.

Benefits of Watermelon Peel:

Watermelon peels are surprisingly nutritious. They contain vitamins such as vitamin C and B6, as well as minerals like potassium and magnesium. They are also rich in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and promotes a feeling of fullness. Utilizing the peel not only minimizes food waste but also allows you to tap into these health benefits.

  • The peel from one large watermelon
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda
  • Water for boiling
  • Olive oil or coconut oil (for frying)
  • Seasonings of choice (e.g., salt, pepper, chili powder)

Preparation Steps:

  1. Prepare the Peels:
    • Begin by removing the green outer skin of the watermelon peel, leaving you with the white part. Cut this into 1-inch wide strips.
  2. Soak in Baking Soda:
    • Dissolve one tablespoon of baking soda in a large bowl of water. Soak the watermelon peel strips in this mixture for about an hour. This process helps to soften the peels and remove any bitterness.
  3. Boil:
    • After soaking, transfer the peels to a pot, cover them with fresh water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 15-20 minutes until they are tender.
  4. Season and Fry:
    • Drain the boiled peels and pat them dry. Heat a generous amount of olive oil or coconut oil in a pan. Fry the strips until they are golden and crispy. Sprinkle with your chosen seasonings while they are still hot.
  5. Serve:
    • Allow the fried watermelon peels to cool slightly before serving. They make a great snack on their own or as a crunchy addition to salads.

Tips for Best Results:

  • Flavor Variations: Experiment with different seasonings such as garlic powder, paprika, or a sprinkle of lime zest for an extra zing.
  • Storage: These snacks can be stored in an airtight container for a few days, retaining their crunchiness.
  • Healthier Options: For a lower-fat version, you can bake the seasoned peels in the oven until crispy.

Making a snack out of watermelon peel is not just a creative way to reduce waste; it’s also a fun experiment in the kitchen that results in a surprisingly tasty treat. Give it a try and discover a new favorite snack that’s both healthy and satisfying!

Barbara Livingston: Empowering Wellness Through Accessible Insights.