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5 Unusual Things To Do With Watermelons

July 14, 2016

Watermelon season is surely one of the best seasons – after all, they’re super delicious and the perfect snack to have with lunch, dinner, while on a picnic, or at a summer BBQ! But believe it or not, eating watermelon the traditional way isn’t the only thing people do when they have one in their possession. In fact, sometimes people don’t even eat it at all!

Chef carving a watermelon in a kitchen

Below, learn five unusual things that you can do with a watermelon the next time you have one handy:

  1. Carve it. We carve pumpkins for Halloween, so why not carve a watermelon in the summer? The idea here is pretty similar, and you can get as creative as you’d like – you may even want to carve out the center so that it can hold some more of your favorite fruits!
  2. Make pickles. Pickles? From watermelons? Yes, you read right! After you’ve eaten the juicy part, take your leftover green rinds and place them in a mixture of white vinegar and cinnamon. And don’t forget to serve them at your next BBQ or summer get together – guests will love ‘em!
  3. Use for ice cubes. Water is always refreshing, but there’s nothing like a glass of ice water on a hot summer day. Instead of using ice that you made from water, though, consider substituting in frozen pieces of watermelon that are similar in size – your water will be sweeter and healthier!
  4. Add it to salsa. People usually add salsa to their meals to give them an added spice, but sometimes a sweet salsa is just as good! In fact, if you like spicy and sweet, watermelons are the perfect addition as they won’t take away too much of the spiciness you’re looking for.
  5. Make soup. Soup is normally considered to be more of a winter food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it in summer too – the only difference is that your summer soups should be served cold! That’s where watermelons come in. A recommendation would be to try adding some watermelon into gazpacho – it’s even better when you add in a hint of lime too!

The next time you go to cut up your watermelon in those classic triangle pieces, we hope you’ll remember all of the other amazing things you can do with it! Whether you keep it just for show (by carving it, for example), or use it in a recipe or alongside other foods, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. Which of the above do you plan to try first?