Pickled Watermelon Rind

Pickled watermelon rind is an old-fashioned southern way of using the watermelon rind. These reminds me of my grandmother, who always had a jar in her refrigerator.

Course healthy snacks
Keyword peel, rind, watermelon


  • cups apple cider vinegar
  • cups water
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 small jalapeno cut in half lengthwise and deseeded
  • 1 tablespoon grated raw ginger
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • ½ small seedless watermelon cut into ½" thick slices


  1. Prep rinds: Slice or peel the outer green skin from the rind and discard. Cut watermelon flesh from the rind leaving a little rim of light pink. Chop into 1-inch pieces.
  2. Make the brine: In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil vinegar, water, sugar, jalapeno, ginger, salt, coriander, and peppercorns.
  3. Pickle rinds: Add rinds to the brine. Remove from heat and cool completely. Transfer to peels to glass jars and add enough brine to cover. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 2 weeks.

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