This crave-worthy pickled watermelon rind recipe works great for making a tangy snack that’s also super good for you. You’ll be pickling your watermelon rinds along with a rather fragrant mix of ingredients that include apple cider vinegar, ginger, red pepper flakes, allspice, and more.
How to Make Pickled Watermelon Rind
Here’s everything that you’ll need to know in order to make this yummy pickled watermelon rind recipe:
- Prepare the watermelon rind. Use a metal spoon to scrape the rind until you have removed all traces of pink. Next, use a sharp peeler to remove and discard the exterior green portion of the rind.
- Cut the watermelon rind. Cut the rind into 1 inch cubes.
- Combine the ingredients. Add the water, sugar, apple cider vinegar, freshly peeled and sliced ginger, salt, red pepper flakes, allspice berries, and star anise to a pot.
- Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium high heat.
- Cook. Cook for one minute.
- Add the watermelon. Add the watermelon rind and return to a boil.
- Cool. Remove from the heat and cool for 30 minutes.
- Transfer. Transfer the mixture to glass jars.
- Refrigerate. Keep your pickled watermelon rind in the refrigerator.
3 Incredible Health Benefits of Pickling Fruits and Veggies
Pickling your fruits and veggies doesn’t just make them last longer – it’s also a great way to further up their nutritional value as well. As a matter of fact, here are 3 great health benefits that you can gain by pickling fruits and vegetables:
- Improved digestion. Pickling fruits and veggies will cause healthy probiotic bacteria to develop which will provide you with numerous benefits for your gut health and digestion. (1)
- High in essential nutrients. Watermelon rind is quite often simply discarded, which is unfortunate because it’s rather high in vitamins B and C, as well as being an excellent source of dietary fiber as well.
- Protects against disease. Of course, pickling fruits and vegetables still provides you with all of the antioxidant benefits that would naturally be found in them to begin with. In addition to their high vitamin and mineral content, many fruit and veggie varieties are also excellent sources of disease fighting antioxidants. (2)
Best Way to Store Pickled Watermelon Rind
The best way to store your pickled watermelon rind is to simply keep it sealed up tightly in the glass jars that you transfer it to.
When properly stored like this, your pickled watermelon rinds will keep for up to 2 weeks.
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Crave-worthy Pickled Watermelon Rind
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 1 pound 1x
- 2 pounds watermelon rind
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- ½ inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
- 4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp red pepper flake
- 1 tsp allspice berries
- 1 star anise pod
- Using a metal spoon, scrape the rind to remove all traces of pink.
- Using a sharp peeler, remove and discard the exterior green portion of the rind.
- Cut the rind into 1 inch cubes.
- Add the water, sugar, apple cider vinegar, ginger, salt, red pepper flakes, allspice berries and star anise to a pot and bring to a boil over medium high heat.
- Cook for one minute.
- Add the watermelon rind and return to a boil.
- Remove from the heat and cool for 30 minutes.
- Transfer to a glass jars and keep sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.