If you love watermelon, then it’s time to think twice about discarding the rind! In fact, the skin of this fruit is full of goodness. So why not reap the benefits while also cutting down on waste?
Refreshing, low-calorie and tasty — watermelon is without a doubt the star fruit of summer! Especially in hot weather, since this fruit is composed mostly of water (90%). But if you’re a fan of this fruit, it will probably not have escaped your attention that it also creates its share of waste. Indeed, the rind is often discarded once the juicy pink part has been devoured.
However, throwing watermelon‘s green rind in the garbage can is far from being necessary. In fact, watermelon rind is perfectly edible! Many health professionals even recommend eating it for its many benefits.
The benefits of watermelon rind
And for good reason, watermelon rind is particularly rich in vitamins (A, C, B6), as well as other nutrients, including the amino acid citrulline and the antioxidant lycopene, both excellent for heart health. In addition to its anti-inflammatory properties, watermelon rind is also very rich in potassium, zinc and magnesium — nutrients that are essential for the proper functioning of the body. Watermelon skin is also a powerful skin ally, as it delays skin aging, boosts collagen production and deeply hydrates.
Although it tastes a little bitter (much like orange or lemon peel), you can simply chomp on the watermelon rind along with the flesh. Alternatively, if you prefer the idea of eating in another form (diced, or in a gazpacho, sauce or preserve) there are many recipes out there.
Either way, there are no more excuses for leaving waste on your plate the next time you tuck into your favorite summer fruit.
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[This story is published via AFP Relaxnews]