Watermelon rind for juicing?
With watermelon season upon us, I am wondering if anyone has any experience juicing watermelon rind? How does it taste and is there anything adverse about it?
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I have never heard anything adverse about this, save for the possibility of pesticide intake.
Elaine Bruce (UK Living Foods Centre - trained under Ann Wigmore) says one should go ahead and juice watermelon rind because it is the area of the melon where the minerals (even zinc) and many of the enzymes are concentrated (apparently, the most enzyme-rich melon is the cantaloupe).
I just tossed out half a watermelon rind last night.
Maybe I'll dig it out, wash it, and try juicing it. It's organic, so pesticide shouldnt' be an issue.
Thanks for this post.. I just learned something important!
I juice watermelon rind with apple.
Watermelon rind for juicing
I just wash my watermelon and put the entire thing through the juicer, seeds, rind and all! We all drink what we can right after juicing, and what we can't, I fill up to the top of a container and seal it for the next day. Leaving no air gap at the top keeps the juice fresher. No adverse effects here!
I just planted 6 watermelon plants a few weeks ago and I can't wait to juice them fresh from my garden!
I juice mine sometimes and sometimes I eat it. I love it and it packed full of good nutrition. My family taught me the old wise tell that it would give you a belly ache, but I have never found this to be true when you eat/drink watermelon on a empty stomach.
Cautions about melon rinds
There are 2 big cautions about melon rinds to be aware of...
1. Conventional melon rinds are not expected to be eaten, and they typically contain very high levels of pesticides, among the highest of all produce items sold. ONLY juice melon rinds from certified organic melons.
2. Even organic melons grow on the ground, typically in composted manure, and thus are frequently contaminated ON THE SURFACE by e coli bacteria and other dangerous beasties that make people sick. . (No joke, it happens every summer) You must, must, must wash melon skins very, very thoroughly to avoid exposure to possible food poisoning.
Personally I say it's not worth the risk, and I cut off the outer half inch or so... AFTER I've washed the melon skin thoroughly to avoid cross contamination.
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HI, I'm so excited to juice my watermelon and rind for my 4th of July BBQ this weekend! Does anyone have a suggestion for how to turn this into a daiquiri? Just add rum and lime juice after juicing? What about juicing frozen watermelon with the rind - will that work?
i literally lived on watermelon juice last year. mmmmm and i always juice the rind and meat together :)
add a few strawberries while you juice... lovely.
a tiny bit of lime... soooooo nice.
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