Know the Amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
Nothing says summer more than a juicy, bright red slice of watermelon. Enjoying this chilled fruit as a refreshing snack on a hot day or at an annual family picnic is one of summer’s many pleasures. Many consider dealing with the fruit’s tiny black seeds to be the only downside.
You may painstakingly pick out the seeds while cutting up a watermelon for a fruit salad, or spit them out as you munch on a slice of watermelon. Nowadays, you can even buy a seedless watermelon to make life easier.
But watermelon seeds, once dried, are edible and their nutritional value is very high.
The important nutritional components of watermelon seeds are protein, several B and other vitamins, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, copper, manganese, and zinc. The most surprising thing about watermelon seeds is that they are low in calories.
How to Make Roasted Watermelon Seeds
Most people do not like the taste or texture of raw watermelon seeds, but many enjoy the taste of roasted seeds. Here are the steps to roast watermelon seeds.
- Thoroughly rinse and dry the seeds.
- Soak the seeds in water overnight.
- Wait for a few days until they sprout.
- Remove the tougher outer black shell from the seeds, then dry the seeds in an oven or simply under the sun.
- Spread the seeds out on a roasting pan.
- Drizzle a small amount of vegetable or olive oil over them and sprinkle a little sea salt.
- Roast them at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Allow the roasted watermelon seeds to cool before enjoying them as a healthy snack.
You can sprinkle a little cinnamon powder or a mix of lemon juice and chili powder over the roasted seeds to make them more flavorful.
You can add some crunch to your salad with a handful of seeds, or use roasted watermelon seeds in your homemade smoothies.
If you prefer to buy roasted watermelon seeds, make sure to check the nutrition label first.
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