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Dehydrating watermelon is like creating a pure, whole food, single ingredient…. CANDY! It sort of reminds me of bubble gum, well as far as flavor goes. Unfortunately you won’t be able to blow bubbles with it. The texture can go anywhere from crispy to chewy, it just depends on how long you leave it in the dehydrator. Drying the watermelon definitely concentrates the sweetness, also there is a lot of water in watermelon, 92% in fact, so be prepared for major shrinkage.
Did you know that watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable. It is a fruit because it contains seeds. It is thought of as vegetable because it is a member of the same family as the cucumbers, pumpkin and squash. I am not sure how I feel about this. I think in my minds-eye, it will always be a fruit.
As a child my great-grandmother would tell me that if I swallowed the watermelon seeds, watermelons would grow out of my bellybutton. I use to stare in awe down at my bellybutton… the source of life. I was convinced that babies were born out of there too, not because of what others told me, but because of an overactive brain. Because I loved watermelon sooo much, I would eat large quantities, enough to make my tummy expand. Of course as a child, I didn’t understand the word “bloat”… so when my belly would puff out, my eyes would grow large as I stared down at my expanding belly…. was I growing a watermelon or a….baby?!!! Times were scary back then. haha
Did you know that watermelon is exceptionally rich in lycopene (hence its red color) and other carotenoids such as lutein and beta carotene. Lycopene has been found to have over 40 potential health benefits, and beta carotene too . I can safely say that as a child, I was rich in lycopene and beta carotene. :)
As I was dehydrating the watermelon last week, I had a total of 27 trays going at once. The humidity that it put in the air was startling and amazing, it was almost like a watermelon infused spa treatment. Well, that about sums it up for now. If you haven’t dehydrated watermelon before, I encourage you to give it a try. But don’t feel that you have to do 27 trays at one time. Blessings!