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Watermelon Candy (Dried watermelon)

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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.

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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!

Ingredients:

  • Watermelon

Preparation:

  1. Remove the rind and cut the watermelon in desired shapes and sizes.
  2. Place the watermelon on the mesh sheets that come with the dehydrator.
  3. Dry at 115 degrees for 6-8 hours or until dry.  The dry time will vary depending on the machine you are using,  the climate you live in, humidity and how full the dehydrator is.
  4. Store in an airtight container for 3-12 months.

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10 thoughts on “Watermelon Candy (Dried watermelon)

  1. Laurie says:

    Morning Amie Sue,

    You pointed out the water content and shrinkage of watermelon when dehydrating, so I was wondering some round about sizes you have cut yours at and have had success?… Those strips in the photos have a nice appeal.

    I’ve never had dehydrated watermelon before. My curiosity is super peaked now after seeing this on your site. I need to get my dehydrator revved up and make some fruits in it!

    Have a great Sunday!
    Laurie

    • amie-sue says:

      Good morning Laurie,

      With watermelon, I have learned to cut it larger than you might expect. I don’t recommend anything smaller than 1″ cubes. The strips that I did were roughly 6″ long, about 1/2″ wide and oooh maybe a little over 1/4″ thick. Some were thicker than other. :)

      If you like watermelon, I am confident that you will love it this way. If you give it a try, keep me posted. Have a glorious day! amie sue

  2. Marilyn says:

    You didn’t mention figs. My fig tree usually has an over abundance of fruit that will not keep more than 3-5 days, so I wash them and I just cut them in half (if tough, I peel) and dehydrate until crispy dry. Make wonderful chewy treats or can hydrate and use as jam.)This year I didn’t have room in my dehydrator , so I puréed them in my blender and stuck them in the freezer. I pulled out a package thinking it was something else (must learn to label lol) so I decided to make fruit leather. Used an oiled cookie sheet in my oven at lowest setting with door cracked. Good tart chewy leather.

    • amie-sue says:

      I love figs. I rarely see them where I live so I haven’t dabbled much with fresh figs. I have a few raw recipes and have made fruit leathers from before. I appreciate you sharing Marilyn! Have a great evening, amie sue

  3. Jessica says:

    Hi there,
    I love the color your watermelon gets… I have seen some that have been brown… do you have any tricks or tips to the wonderful pink color yours has?

    Thanks

    • amie-sue says:

      Good evening Jessica,

      I don’t have any tricks up my sleeve. I didn’t treat my watermelon… just plain ole plain ole watermelon. :) My suggestion is to use ripe watermelon that is nice and red/pink. I have noticed that as the dried melon ages, it fades in color. Have a wonderful evening, amie sue

  4. t portlock says:

    can I use the oven? I am just learning to dry food. so far I have used apples and pears

    • amie-sue says:

      I haven’t tried it T…. because it is so high in water content I would worry about it not drying properly. If you try it, be sure to keep the temp as low as possible and keep a real close eye on it. Good luck! amie sue

      • Love Z. says:

        I tried this in my oven just now. It has taken 2 days but the watermelon is finally getting crisp. For the first 8 hours I had the oven on normally at 150. For the 2nd 8 hours I tried the convection oven; that worked a lot better. I turned the oven off overnight. This morning I put it in for another 6 hours (so far) on convection. I am guessing it will take 2 more hours to complete.

        We don’t have a dehydrator yet. Maybe we should invest in one! The watermelon strips are delicious…

        • amie-sue says:

          Oh wow Love… that is a long drying process. Personally, I would invest in a dehydrator. You will find it very helpful with other raw recipes as well. I don’t know about you, but dried watermelon reminds me of the taste of bubble gum. hehe Thanks for keeping me posted. Many blessings, amie sue

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