Traditional Chinese culture tries to use every part of the plant or fruit recognising that they all contribute to our nutrition. Watermelon rind (the white part of the peel) has a bland flavour with a nice crunch -‐ like cucumber or celery. It has cooling properties, so is perfect to add to your salad or stir fry dishes during summer. It contains citrulline, a powerful anti-‐ oxidant, and it converts to arginine, essential for healthy heart, circulatory and immune systems. Watermelon rind is also used for teething babies, as its cooling properties help to soothe their gums, and provides resistance for babies to chew on.
Watermelon peel (the tougher outer green part) is traditionally used to treat heatstroke.
Watermelon rind salad relieves the effects of damp heat, fatigue, sore throat, insomnia, urinary difficulties, and indigestion.