Watermelon Rind Pickles

S I Recipe

By S I SyiLuvsPastries

Makes about 4 cups.

I found this recipe last night while going through one of my aunt's old recipe books. I have a couple of watermelons in the fridge right now, and I love pickles, so I'm going to give this a try this weekend. I'll post a picture when they're done.

(Syi's "Disclaimer": I've heard of these before from some of my older southern relatives and they say that they're good. It's a unique recipe and I figured it wouldn't hurt to share it, but I apologize in advance as again...I haven't tried them just yet.)


8 c
2 Tbsp
coarse salt
5 c
peeled watermelon rind, cut in 1/2" x 2" pieces (*leave a thin layer of pink)
1 1/2 c
granulated sugar
1 c
cider vinegar
1 tsp
colored peppercorns
whole cloves
1/2 tsp
pickling spice
long slices fresh ginger root

Directions Step-By-Step

In a large pot, bring water and salt to a boil over medium high heat. Add the watermelon rind and boil until tender, about 5 minutes or so. Strain & place the rinds in a large stainless steel bowl.
In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cider vinegar, peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice and ginger root; stir to blend. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Once the mixture comes to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until it's slightly reduced. Pour over watermelon rinds in bowl. Place a plate over the top to keep the rinds submerged in the liquid. Cover and refrigerate for one day. Transfer to a glass jar and store the sealed jar in the refrigerator. These will keep for up to 2 weeks.

About this Recipe

Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtags: #pickles, #watermelon, #rind

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Debra Fjeld NDdebra
Jul 24, 2014
My Mom made these and I have too, but we used to add a little green food color so they were a pretty mint green rinds. The problem with watermelon now, is the rind is much thinner so not too much to make pickles out of.
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Sep 25, 2012
Yes... Like Bambi said... the ones in this photo... I didn't leave enough pink on... :( wish I had... xo
Bambi Pickard DatKoolBreeze
Sep 25, 2012
Marti yes peel just the green outer layer so you have just the white-green meat of the watermelon and leave a little of the pink.
Marti Converse frappe
Aug 26, 2012
My husband is asking me if you mean to peel off the green outer part of the watermelon. We're exploring recipes and yours is the first one I came to. Thank you!
Ann McDowell okannmc
Aug 9, 2012
My mother-in-law made watermelon pickles, and they were sooo Good! I'm going to try this recipe and hope they taste as good as hers!