Watermelons: How To Use The Seeds

Watermelon seeds can be used in many ways. What hardly anyone knows: watermelon seeds are healthy – and therefore suitable for consumption.

The pulp consists of around 96 percent water and a good three percent carbohydrates – about one percent remains for proteins, fat, minerals (calcium, magnesium), vitamins (beta carotene, vitamin C, B6, B2, B1), and fibers. No wonder watermelons are rarely counted among the “healthiest fruits”.

Nevertheless, watermelon is one of the most sought-after fruits: Since 100 grams of watermelon only has about 30 calories, but at the same time fills you up properly, they help you lose weight. And: They not only quench your thirst but are also super tasty. With these advantages, one also accepts the annoying core picking.

But that’s exactly what we can save ourselves from now on! The watermelon seeds in particular contain vitamins (A, B, C), unsaturated fatty acids, iron, magnesium, and calcium! Anyone who spits out the cores does without tiny health boosters.

How to eat the seeds:

  • chewed. Probably the easiest way to consume watermelon seeds is to simply eat them. Instead of peeling and spitting out, chew and swallow. Since they are more difficult to digest if they are not chewed, you should not refrain from biting them. It would also be a shame about the nutrients if they left our bodies undigested…
  • Ground. If the seeds are too bitter for you, you can process them into watermelon seed powder. It’s also child’s play: wash the seeds, then let them dry, and then grind them (either in a mortar or in a coffee grinder). The powder can be mixed into smoothies, used as a salad or yogurt garnish, or used in the next bread dough.
  • drunk. How about a tea made from watermelon seeds? Grind the seeds (see point 2) and pour hot water over them. If you want to do without sugar, you can mix the tea with melon juice – delicious!
  • Roasted. Different countries, different customs: In many countries, the seeds of watermelons are roasted and nibbled on their own – roughly like we do with pumpkin seeds. Roast the grains in a pan with oil and season with a pinch of salt (pepper if you like). Like other seeds, roasted watermelon seeds are also suitable as an addition to salads and main dishes. Tip: If you roast them in coconut oil and use a pinch of sugar instead of salt, you can also use them for desserts.
  • Baked. Instead of roasting the kernels, you can also bake them. Simply add the clean, dried seeds to the homemade bread or cake dough and bake. If you don’t want to eat watermelon seeds per se, you can use them for handicrafts. How about a chain of cores? Or a bracelet? To do this, wash the kernels, dry them, paint them if you wish and poke small holes in them to thread them onto a chain.
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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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