Watermelon Rind Preserve

Make our watermelon popsicles then use the leftover rinds to make this delicious condiment
Watermelon Rind Preserve
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Watermelon Rind Preserve
April 28, 2020
Preparation Time 15 minutes
Cooking Time 5-10 minutes
Serves 4-6
PHOTO BY Katelyn Allegra
RECIPE BY Katelyn Allegra
FOOD STYLING BY Katelyn Allegra & Cassandra Upton


1 tbsp lime powder
3L spinneysFOOD Bottled Drinking Water
450g watermelon rinds from ½ large watermelon, cubed

For the syrup

450g spinneysFOOD Fine Grain White Sugar
1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1L spinneysFOOD Bottled Drinking Water


  • 1

    Mix the lime powder and water in a large bowl.

  • 2

    Peel the rind off the watermelon and trim any fruit so you’re left with only the white flesh. Soak the rinds in the water overnight (the lime keeps the flesh firm and crunchy).

  • 3

    Prepare the syrup by mixing the sugar, ginger and water in a large saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved then bring to the boil.

  • 4

    Drain the rinds, discard the water, and add the rinds to the syrup. Simmer until the rinds are just soft.

  • 5

    Decant into sterilized bottles, seal and allow to cool upside down.

  • 6

    Serve the preserve as part of a cheese board.


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