Watermelon Extremist ----- (pics heavy)
Summer = watermelon
Do you know that watermelon is one of the most expensive summer fruits? Around here in NY they are about $0.65 a lb. Since Watermelon is 92%water, and considering throwing away the thick rind, it may work out to be $11.0 to $12.00 a lb of food, LOL!
This is how I enjoy to the max almost the entire watermelon.
I consider watermelon has three parts; First the sweet center. As you get closer to the rind it gets less and less sweet. Finally you have the throw away rind.
I only eat or serve the sweetest center of the melon.
I use the less sweet part for salads. You really don't want a salad to be too sweet.
I also use the not so sweet part to make crispy watermelon chips with my dehydrator. I highly recommend this. The crispy chips become very sweet because they have 92% of the water removed. They make wonderful snacks.
The white/pink part of the rind is delicious cooked or pickled.
Even the seeds can be turned into wonderful sprouts, but that will be another post, how to sprout watermelon seeds.
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A few of the dishes I made for July 4th:
Making crispy Watermelon chips
Pan fried Cod and watermelon rind, beet stems
Watermelon celery salad
Pasta with clam sauce and sauteed watermelon