Updated: Jan 30, 2020
Remember eating water melon when you were young? Biting into a piece and the juice dripping down your chin and running down your arms. Yuck!! But it was delicious! It seemed there were more black pits in water melons back then. Today, the preferred water melon is the ones without seeds, and I prefer not having it run down my chin. We use to collect watermelon seeds in the summer. Back then I thought I was going to grow the biggest water melon ever. I use to plant my seeds on the hill right beside the rhubarb, but I don’t ever remember them growing. I think we got so busy playing that we forgot all about them.
It turns out that story my Mom used to tell us about watermelon seeds sprouting fruit in your stomach was all just a lie. But I assume you’ve realized this already. My sisters and I use to check in the mirror to see if our stomachs were getting any larger. Have you ever wondered if the seeds are actually safe to eat? Well, not only are the seeds safe to consume, but they contain a lot of nutrients that you definitely don’t want to waste (okay, maybe spitting a few at your sibling is fine — just for the fun of it). Here’s what you need to know about eating those little black seeds dotting the fleshy part of this delicious summer fruit. Watermelon seeds are packed with protein and loaded with nutrients like magnesium, which helps with the body’s metabolism, and potassium, which helps the nervous and muscular systems and is a natural hydrator.
This week I created a Watermelon Rose Jelly and it is divine. The aroma is fresh and smells like a summer day, the colour is truly watermelon. The rose is a not just any rose, but a rose cabernet. Wine is necessary for this unique summer fun flavour. Have a jelly good day! Niagara Farm Girl.