Watermelon is one of the main summer delicacies, which is liked by both children and adults. Juicy and sweet pulp perfectly quenches thirst and has a lot of useful properties. But most people consider striped crusts to be waste and simply throw it away.
And this is a gross mistake, say the chefs. The thing is that from the peel of watermelon, unsuitable for food in the "original" form, you can cook a very original and very tasty treat - candied fruits. Translucent slices of light golden or greenish color will not only be very tasty, but also useful - because most of the beneficial substances present in the watermelon are concentrated in the crust.
Boiled in concentrated sugar syrup with the addition of natural juices and dried peels of watermelon, which previously seemed to us completely inedible, become fragrant, soft and sweet. Such candied fruits can hardly be found in the store, but you can cook them yourself without any problems if you have at least minimal culinary skills and free time.
Calorie content and chemical composition
The energy value of the product is 209.15 kcal. The nutrient content is as follows: 2.5 g of protein, 0 g of fat, 51 g of carbohydrates.
The chemical composition of candied watermelon peels from the composition of watermelon pulp is characterized by a higher content of amino acids and fiber. It is noteworthy that most of the beneficial substances are preserved in the delicacy even after heat treatment.
So, the vitamin composition of the product includes a complex of B vitamins, vitamin C and vitamin PP.
B vitamins are indispensable for normal metabolism and stabilization of the emotional state. They also increase the body's resistance and improve the digestive tract and the cardiovascular system.
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has protective and renovation functions and is an excellent antioxidant. Also, this vitamin promotes the absorption of iron and promotes the rapid healing of wounds.
Vitamin PP is responsible for the overall balance of the body as a whole and each of its systems. In addition, it is effective in the treatment of depressive disorders and emotional overload.
Candied watermelon peels are also saturated with magnesium, calcium, iron, organic acids and fructose.
Magnesium is one of the main participants in metabolic processes in the body. This macrocell reduces the risk of heart disease, saves you from migraines and depression, and evens out the emotional background. Calcium helps with allergies and inflammatory processes and strengthens bone tissue and teeth. Iron is necessary for the normal process of hematopoiesis and provides blood with hemoglobin, and tissue - with oxygen. Fructose is a key element in protein, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.
This delicacy is not only remarkable for its excellent taste, but also extremely healthy. It can be used to prevent and alleviate the course of a number of diseases.
Such candied fruits help eliminate metabolic disorders in the body, normalizing metabolism. In addition, they should be included in your diet for people suffering from diseases of the excretory system: urolithiasis, any diseases of the kidneys and bladder. Regular consumption of candied fruit from watermelon peels will help get rid of edema and solve the problem of water retention in the body. In addition, they have a mild choleretic effect.
These sweets are also useful for digestive disorders, as their natural dietary fiber works like a real "scrub" for the intestines, binding and eliminating toxins and toxic substances. As a result, such unpleasant symptoms as flatulence, dysbiosis, and stool disorders go away.
Harmful properties and contraindications
There are not many contraindications to the presence of candied watermelon peels in the diet. First of all, they should not be used if you are hypersensitive and have a food allergy to watermelon or fruit, the juice of which is used as an ingredient in the manufacture of this treat.
Also, given that candied watermelon peels have a diuretic effect, their frequent use is fraught with leaching of potassium from the body. Nutritionists recommend “neutralizing” this harmful property of candied watermelon by regular consumption of dried apricots, raisins and prunes, which are excellent sources of potassium.
With caution, you should approach the use of this delicacy for people who are overweight - its calorie content is quite high.
Also, one cannot but mention one important nuance. Many unscrupulous farmers, growing watermelons, use nitrates and other substances designed to accelerate the ripening of fruits, to make them larger and visually attractive. Watermelon peels have the ability to accumulate all these harmful additives - and, therefore, if you come across a "stuffed" with chemicals watermelon, candied fruits made from its peel can cause serious damage to health. Therefore, the choice of raw materials for the future goodies should be approached as responsibly as possible. Use for peeling candied peel only those fruits in the quality and safety of which you are absolutely sure.
Most often, candied watermelon peels are used as an independent dessert. They can also be added to granola, homemade cakes, and dairy products. Another option is to make original homemade sweets by dipping the finished candied fruit in melted chocolate or roll in icing sugar mixed with coconut.
Recipes and storage
There are a lot of recipes for making homemade candied fruit from watermelon peels, so you should focus solely on your own taste preferences. Here are just a few of the most common ways to make a popular treat.
For one kilogram of watermelon peels, you will need twice as much sugar and 400 ml of water. You can also use orange zest to add flavor to the dessert.
Rinse the crusts and carefully cut off the upper green part - you only need a white core. Cut it into slices, fill it with water and boil for ten minutes. After that, rinse the crusts with cold water and knock over in a colander.
Make sugar syrup - pour sugar into water and simmer until the grains are completely dissolved. By this time, water should completely drain from your crusts. Pour them into syrup, add the zest of orange and boil for six minutes. After that, let them stand for ten hours. Repeat the boiling procedure five more times, each time at ten-hour intervals.
After boiling candied fruits for the sixth time, knock them over in a colander again and wait until the syrup completely drains. After that, lay out your candied fruit to dry on a baking sheet previously covered with parchment. Sprinkle the finished treat with sugar.
Candied watermelon peel with lime
For one kilogram of crusts, you will need 1.2 kg of sugar, two limes and 300 ml of water.
Prepare the crusts by cutting off the pink flesh and the green outer part. Cut them into slices and simmer for six minutes over medium heat.
Prepare the syrup by dissolving the sugar in water and boiling for a couple of minutes. Do not forget to remove the foam. When the syrup is ready, pour in the blanks for future candied fruits and zest from lime.
When candied fruits boil, simmer them for five minutes over low heat. Turn off the heat and cool the future treat to room temperature. After this, bring it to a boil again, boil for five minutes and cool again. In total, the procedure must be repeated ten times, and after the fifth round, pour the juice of two limes into the sugar syrup.
After completing the heat treatment, knock the candied fruit on a colander to stack the syrup and lay them to dry on a baking sheet covered with parchment.
Candied candied fruits are stored in tightly closed glass containers for no more than three months.