Watermelon rind is the firm white part of the watermelon left after the pink, red flesh has been eaten or scooped out. Most of us tend to toss out that part, but it’s very nutritious and tasty when you cook it. It has a crisp texture closely related to the cucumber and is pretty versatile in cooking. 

My kid and family loved to have this amazing recipe on biscuits, crackers, or toasted bread. The sweetness and the flavor bombs of it will make you fall in love with the recipe!

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Watermelon Rind Health Benefits

Watermelon rind is a refreshing, sweet, and low-calorie part of this popular summer fruit. It can provide a good amount of hydration with necessary nutrients, including minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. 

Watermelon rind has a good amount of vitamin C, vitamin A, and many other healthy plant compounds. Watermelon is made of 90% water, and it is a great option to stay hydrated in summer; also, the watermelon rind has its health-benefiting capabilities. Here are some of the must-know watermelon rind health benefits:

Reduced Blood Pressure

High levels of potassium from watermelon rind can act as a vasodilator to help in reducing stress and strain on blood vessels, which leads to reduced blood pressure. Read More.

Better Immune System

As rind has a good amount of vitamins, it naturally helps to boost the immune system. Researcher shows that it can also boost the production rate of white blood cells in our bodies.

Weight Loss

Watermelon rind is rich in fiber and low in calories, which can make you feel full pretty easily. In that way, it can lead to healthy weight loss.

Improved Skin

Watermelon rind is packed with many antioxidants, and it can enlighten your skin to make you look younger.

Increased Libido

Watermelon rind is known to improve sexual performance thanks to its effects on blood vessel constriction. The constriction of blood vessels results in better blood flow to your genitalia, thus improving your overall sexual performance.

Orange Nutrition

Orange is one of the most popular fruits that is eaten by almost all over the world. Sweet oranges can not only be eaten as a snack but also a major ingredient used to make different types of dishes. 

Oranges are a healthy source of vitamin C, fiber, folate, thiamine, and antioxidants. It is a fruit that is low in calories and highly nutritious citrus fruit that you can have in your healthy diet. The minerals and vitamins offer a range of health benefits, and here are some:

  • Oranges are mainly a good source of vitamin C, which is good for maintaining the healthy immune system of our body. It can prevent colds, nausea, headache, and ear infections. 
  • Oranges can reduce cancer risk by preventing cell damage and free radicals that cause damage to our DNA.  
  • It is rich in vitamin B6 that helps our body to produce hemoglobin which is helpful to keep the blood pressure level under control. 
  • Antioxidants in oranges can protect your skin from free radical damage, which can prevent the sign of aging. 
  • According to research, it has the potential to lower bad cholesterol.
  • It has fiber that can keep the blood sugar level under control and prevent diabetics. 
  • It has calcium to keep your bones, organs, and muscles in a healthy, strong structure.  

How long can you store watermelon rind in the freezer?

Make sure you freeze them separately from the flesh as it may ruin the texture or flavor of the watermelon rind. You can store the watermelon preserve rind in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

To freeze the watermelon rinds, put them in a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air from the bag, and seal it tightly. After that, place the bag in the freezer, and it will last for at least a year. 

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Watermelon Rind Preserves Recipe

  • 2 cups watermelon rind, cut into pieces ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 oranges, washed cut into slices
  • 1 cups water
  • 2 cups organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

How to make Watermelon Rind Preserves?

  • Wash the watermelon, dry it and peel off the green skin, then discard. Slice the white part of the rind into ¼ inch cubes.
  • Wash oranges, cut them into slices, and then cut each slice into smaller pieces.
  • Combine watermelon, orange slices, brown sugar, water, and ginger in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mash some of the watermelon and orange rinds. To check if the jam has been set, remove a spoonful and see how it drips off the spoon; if it is runny and thin, then it needs more time to cook. If it is thick and dense, then it is ready. 

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Tips for making watermelon rind preserves?

  • The essential thing while cooking the jam is that you need the perfect time to stop the process. If the jam is cooked shortly, the syrup will not form the jam properly and become runny. 
  • If you overcook the watermelon rind, the jam syrup will taste like caramel, and when it’s cool, it will become too hard to eat. 
  • However, to make it perfect, you must follow the cooking steps. Make sure the syrup is thick and viscous so that it will look like clear runny honey when it is ready.  
  • After cooking the watermelon rind preserves, you can keep the jam in the sterilized jars and seal well. If the jar is air-tight and sealed properly, then the jam will last a long time. 
  • You can keep the jam jar in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. 

Other Condiments To Prepare

  1. Kumquat Marmalade
  2. Guava Jam
  3. Strawberry Jam With Chia Seeds

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Watermelon Rind Preserves

Want to learn how to make amazingly unique watermelon rind preserves? In this article, you will see the step-by-step instructions and its health benefits
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Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Watermelon Rind Preserves
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 18 servings
Calories: 100kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups watermelon rinds cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • 2 oranges washed and sliced
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups organic brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Instructions

  • Wash the watermelon, dry it and peel off the green skin, then discard. Slice the white part of the rind into ¼ inch cubes.
  • Wash oranges, cut them into slices, and then cut each slice into smaller pieces.
  • Combine watermelon, orange slices, brown sugar, water, and ginger in a medium pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer for 1 hour and 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Mash some of the watermelon and orange rinds. To check if the jam has been set, remove a spoonful and see how it drips off the spoon; if it is runny and thin, then it needs more time to cook. If it is thick and dense, then it is ready.

Nutrition

Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.002g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.004g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 33IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.2mg