Are you one of those people who throws away watermelon rinds as soon as the red color disappears from your face? You probably don’t know it, but you are making mistakes. Or, simply, you don’t know that you can take advantage of this part of the fruit and that you should do so for its value.
As published by Mundo Deportivo in its Vidae Nutritional section, the rind of the watermelon has many beneficial properties for health. Usually – and mostly – it is common that when the so-called ‘tapa’ of said fruit is reached, it is thrown away with the remains of the food, giving it the final touch as a refreshing dessert.
The big question that arises after knowing that the rind of watermelon has health benefits, undoubtedly, but is it worth eating? Yes, it is edible, despite the fact that its taste is not pleasant and its texture is tough. However, there are other ways to prepare or use it that do not require the effort of the teeth.
The key to the benefits of watermelon rind goes beyond the properties of the pulp – very moisturizing and with high levels of vitamins C, A and B6 – as it contains an acid with the ability to act as a vasodilator, the information above. This translates into a healthier heart and more even oxygen delivery to the cardiovascular system and muscles.
And how do I prepare watermelon rind for consumption?
It is no secret that the rind of watermelon is not very appealing to eat because of its acidic taste. However, there are good alternatives to take advantage of this part of the fruit, mainly: shakes, infusions or pickles, which give it more flavor power.