The cool and refreshing taste of watermelon is a symbol of warm summer weather. When its hot out, people instinctively hunger for this hydrating melon. July is officially National Watermelon Month because it’s when watermelon is at its peak for harvest. (1)
Out of all melons, watermelons are the most popular here in the US. Melon is thought to have originated in Egypt close to 5,000 years ago and today there are nearly 300 different varieties grown in the US and Mexico, however only about 50 of them are popular. (2)
Though it’s thought of as a fruit, watermelon is also a vegetable. The red flesh is the fruit, while the green rind is considered a vegetable. This highly hydrating fruit/vegetable combo is incredibly nourishing and you can eat it whole. (1) Yes, that means the rind and the seeds!
Save the seeds while you enjoy the hydrating fruit
Before you decide to buy seedless watermelons for convenience, consider buying seeded watermelons — the reasons why will blow you away! True, watermelon seeds can be fun ammo to spit at family and friends, but that’s not the main reason to save them. The fact is that the seeds are incredibly nutritious when you prepare them the right way.
Once the black shells are stripped, you can see the inner white meat, the seed. It is best to soak, sprout, and shell the watermelon seeds for easier digestion and to reap the health optimal benefits. Sprouting seeds are often higher in nutrients and remove certain compounds that make it harder for the body to absorb seed/nut nutrients. (3)
Watermelon seeds rate high on the nutritional profile
According to the Journal of Applied Chemistry, “Watermelon is a delectable, thirst-quencher which helps reduce the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. Cucurbit seeds are a source of food, particularly protein and oil. Dehulled cucurbit seeds were reported to contain about 50% fat and 35% protein. (4)
Generally speaking, any nut or seed does the body good, however watermelon seeds may top them all. In a 1-ounce serving, sprouted watermelon seeds have 160 calories, 11 grams of fat, 4 grams of carbohydrates, and a whopping 10 grams of protein! (3)
The sprouted seeds are packed with heart healthy fats and proteins, plus have ample amounts of vitamin B, magnesium (35% of the RDA for men and 46% for women), copper (21% of the RDA), and iron (25% of the RDA for men and 11% for women). (3,5)
Serving suggestions for watermelon seeds
There are many ways you can enjoy watermelons and sprouted seeds. Try adding some seasonings to the seeds and roast or dehydrate them. Sprinkle with some cinnamon or a mix of lime juice and chili powder, bake or dehydrate, and enjoy them as a nutritious snack! (5) Whip up a delicious watermelon smoothie and blend the sprouted seeds, add some crunch to salads with a handful of seeds, or even add them into your next trail mix batch!
Did you know about watermelon seed sprouting? If so, in what ways have you incorporated watermelon seeds into your diet? Comment below!
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Heather Suhr is a successful deaf individual who graduated from Purdue University on a golf scholarship with a BA degree in Health and Fitness. She currently lives in Southeastern Wisconsin and stays active through running and weight lifting. She is also a certified NASM personal trainer and is passionate in helping others achieve their fitness and wellness goals. She loves cook healthy plant-based whole foods for herself and others around her.
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