Quick-pickled Watermelon Skin for Cooling and Digestion

Watermelon is a blessing for hot summer. Its red flesh is sweet, juicy, hydrating, and cold in nature, making it excellent to quench thirst and help us cool summer heat. More than often, we waste the white portion of a watermelon: the part between the dark skin and the red flesh. In some part of China, it is called the "watermelon frost 西瓜霜".

According to TCM, watermelon rind: 

  • is sweet, bland in flavor
  • is cold in nature
  • enters Heart and Stomach meridian
  • cools summer heat and quenches thirst
  • calms agitation 
  • promotes urination and helps with dark urine and edema
  • helps treat mouth sores and sore throat

In this quick pickle recipe, watermelon rind is mixed with sesame oil, sea salt, raw cane sugar, apple cider vinegar, and nutmeg to add layers of flavor as well as balancing its energetics. Save your leftover watermelon and make some cooling pickles for the summer!

Written by Five Seasons TCM
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