We really like them but there is a problem

gandle(4 NE)July 28, 2011

I'm speaking of seedless watermelons. The newer ones have a much better flavor tan the seedless ones of 15 or 20 years ago.

The problem, we like to make watermelon rind pickles and really the best kind for that was the old fashioned real long kind. The rind was thick and the were good for pickles because of the larger chunks you could cut from them.. Watermelon pickles were always a staple on the table with us for perhaps the last 45 years but we haven't bothered to make them from these thin rind melons.

Farmers market this P.M. will have to see if anyone has some thicker rind melons, Oh, and the flesh better be good for eating too. Won't mind spitting out the seeds if we can find what we want.

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We made them when we lived in Iowa and less frequently after moving to California. Do you add cinnamon sticks for flavor? I have not had them in years but tried a small bottle of store bought some years ago, not even close and expensive. Your posts always trigger good memories for me, thanks for the reminder.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 12:20PM
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I think I have only had watermelon rind pickles once. I think that my grandmother made them. I was a teenager and thought they were just horrible!

I have wondered since, if whoever made them, didn't have a clue to how they should have tasted or what.

I remember thinking that there must be a better use for the rinds, like feeding the birds. It just goes to show...different stokes for different folks.

I'm glad to hear that some people find them good.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 3:01PM
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I've never eaten nor made watermelon pickles, but when I was a child--and then, for my own children--what was really fun was making teeth from the rind. We all looked as if we had severely deformed mouths--but it was lots of fun.

    Bookmark   July 28, 2011 at 4:09PM
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Yes, George, the newer seedless melons are pretty good. Just finished a good one. Our Acme keeps having the small ones on a sale for 79 cents. Yup.. cents. They're not always sweet, but for that price it's usually worth a try. This one was great and it was big for a round one. I was thinking that the rind was pretty thick and would be worth pickling. I didn't have any pickling supplies on hand so I passed.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2011 at 1:50AM
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meldy_nva(z6b VA)

Glad to hear some folks are getting good-tasting seedless. I'm a fan and willing to pay for anyone to grow them, so I don't mind paying store prices for a tasty delicacy. I've bought four of them this year (different times at different stores) and unfortunately, all were just blah. Actually, one tasted so bad I spit out the bite, cut it up and put it in the compost. That's a waste of money and I haven't bought another one since.

Watermelon pickles are yummy if you like cinnamon-spicy pickle-y foods. Yes, the best are made with cinnamon sticks and then put at the back of the pantry for a couple months so the flavor can develop ~ opening the first jar on T-day is about the right time. I usually buy a really big seeded melon and invite everyone over for a fest :) but I've also just bought the occasional half and froze the rinds until there were enough to make the recipe. The interim freezing doesn't affect the taste or texture, just be sure to cut into the right size chunks before sticking the bag into the freezer.

Hmmm, think I'll go visit the farmer's market on Thursday and see what they have. Surely someone is growing Moon&Stars or the old-fashioned but tasty Rattlesnake.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2011 at 1:36PM
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