Watermelon is the perfect summertime treat. They are sweet and juicy, making it the perfect treat to quench your thirst during the scorching summer heat. It’s also packed with several nutrients, including antioxidants and vitamins A and C. However, along with the bright red flesh there also comes small brown seeds. Skittish adults and children fear that either they might choke on the seeds or the rogue seed will cause a watermelon to grow inside their stomachs. Bursting the common concern, experts elucidate that one should have zero fears for watermelon seeds and it is perfectly safe if you accidentally eat or swallow a few.
Therefore, if you get a mouthful of seeds along with the watermelon flesh, it’s totally fine. Here are a few ways how you can benefit yourself from the goodness and healthiness of watermelon seeds.
1. Sprouted watermelon seeds
Just like chia and flax seeds, watermelon seeds also contain nutrients such as vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, which studies have linked with several health benefits. Watermelon seeds are also a rich source of healthy fats and protein. However, in order to get the full dose of protein, one needs to eat the seeds when they’re sprouted. It is suggested to get rid of the black shell. The process takes a few days.
Soak the watermelon seeds in water overnight, and then you have to wait for a few days until they’re visibly sprouted. After they’re ready to get dried in the oven, or under the sun you can eat them as a healthy snack.
2. Roasted watermelon seeds
You can also roast watermelon seeds. In order to do so, spread the seeds on a baking sheet and put them in the oven at 325°F to make them brown and crispy. This would take about 15 minutes. However, some of the nutritional content is that way, but they’re still a tasty and wholesome snack. For a better and enhanced taste add some olive oil and sprinkle sea salt.
3. Watermelon seed oil
There are a few other ways to consume watermelon seeds in order to get their nutritional benefits. Watermelon seeds can be turned into an oil form as well. Watermelon oil is also known as ootanga oil or kalahari oil. It can be used just as any other oil in terms of cooking, drizzling it on salads, or can even be used on the skin. The only downside to watermelon seed oil is that it’s not particularly cheap.