Aaahhh, the watermelons! One of the most refreshing and healthy fruits mostly available during summer. This fruit, also considered by some as vegetables due to the fact that it’s with the family of cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash, gives a lot of health benefits. The rich taste and juice of this fruit are full of vitamins and minerals needed by our body and everybody knows that. But little did we know that the watermelons’ shell has also vast amounts of vitamins, minerals, and essential amino acids.
Sounds crazy, right? But truth be told, the watermelons shell or to be specific, the white, hard and tasteless part of this fruit gives more vitamins and other benefits than the fruit itself! Knowing what the benefits of its shell, you’ll definitely think twice about throwing it away. Among the benefits, it can give you are Vitamins A, C, B6 (also known as Pyrodixine), magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also has lycopene which is beneficial to prostate health. Citrulline is an amino acid also present in the rind of a watermelon. This amino acid helps you build lean muscle mass. Watermelons are also considered an aphrodisiac (it keeps your libido on high throttle).
Do you know that 95% of all the nutritional value of the watermelon is in the rind (the white, tasteless part just beneath the shell)? Next time you buy a watermelon, don’t throw away the shell because you’re throwing away the most part of its nutritional content.
One might ask, how can I eat the rind? It’s tasteless and bland. Well, one thing you can try is tossing it on salads just as the way the people in the US and South Asia do. You can also try putting it on other dishes any way you want. So now that you know that the nutritional value of the rind and shell outweighs the bland taste, NEVER EVER throw them again. Have fun eating.