We have a small family, so the general life cycle of a harvested watermelon from that garden has been: We eat half of it on the same day it is picked, store the rest in the fridge & it occupies valuable casserole-sized space for an eternity.
Also, every time I eat one I think: If only I could skip the seed picking and just drink the juice. Love the juice!
The combination of lack of storage space, hatred of waste and love of the idea of drinking watermelon juice gave me the motivation I needed to try an experiment.
We had recently received our new Vitamix blender. I decided to see if it was capable of crushing up all the watermelon seeds to a point that they were ‘drinkable’. It did.
The seeds gave the juice a slight bitter taste, but the overall taste was great. Our four year old also enjoyed it enough to ask for a second glass.
Before making it, I did some quick research to make sure that the seeds weren’t harmful and was happy to find that they are in fact nutritive. Watermelon seeds contain Zinc, an anti-oxidant which may protect against accelerated aging, and are high in protien (~30%). According to the USDA, there are 28.3 g of protein in 100 g of dried watermelon seeds. That’s amounts to around 1 cup of kernels (dried).
In some African and Asian cultures they are consumed as a snack.
How to make watermelon juice
What you’ll need
- 1/2 small Watermelon. Makes about 30 ounces, almost 4 servings.
- Cheesecloth (to strain out the seeds if you don’t have a “superblender” like a Vitamix that can pulverize them)
Of course you could also grow or buy the seedless variety of watermelon.
- Halve a small watermelon and drop chunks of it, minus the rind, into the bin.
- Put the lid on (duh).
- Start the blender in Variable mode, low speed.
- Slowly turn the speed dial up to max (10).
- Flip the switch from Variable to High.
- Let it run for a 1 minute, 30 seconds to give it time to atomize the seeds.
- Pour over ice, or blend ice in with it.