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Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:13am
How do you eat these? Right along with the watermelon, or roasted and salted?
Posted by: Conor, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:37am; Reply: 1
Quoted from grey rabbit
How do you eat these? Right along with the watermelon, or roasted and salted?

Hi grey rabbit, I prepare them just like pumpkin and flax seeds ... and they are good. Have a unique, nutty flavor. I really like them. Kind of tired of hunting down seeded watermelons, though, just to harvest the seeds. :-/ And, what's the deal with almost all the watermelons for sale in the grocery stores anymore being seedless? ??) I don't like the seedless ones ... they're freaky! :o Hmm, I bet it's a conspiracy by the watermelon growers so we can't get any watermelon seeds and plant our own! ;)
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 1:48am; Reply: 2
I too had a problem finding a seeded melon and had to buy a really big one in order to get the seeds, fortunately it is delicious. ;D
Posted by: Conor, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 2:02am; Reply: 3
I'm currently trying to source organic, food-grade watermelon seeds (larger than a gardener's packet of approximately 50 seeds, that is). If I find a source, I'll let you know (if you'd like). Last summer, a friend of mine planted some of the watermelon varietal noted below, and it was excellent! Blew me away (can only imagine what it would taste like steeped in the cooler with a bottle of Southern Comfort corked in the neck. Oops, did I say that out loud? Just kidding. Maybe not). Have you ever tasted this one? I just remember that it was so amazingly sweet tasting. (drool)
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 12:24pm; Reply: 4
That's a very cool looking watermelon! I don't have a long enough growing season for it though :(

and Yes, I'd love to have a source for watermelon seeds, they are diamonds on my swami ;D
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, June 18, 2012, 12:38am; Reply: 5
I cannot have watermelon seeds to eat on my SWAMI. But I will not eat a seedless watermelon. Are all the seedless ones GMO's?  :B
Posted by: md, Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:57am; Reply: 6
Quoted from grey rabbit
That's a very cool looking watermelon! I don't have a long enough growing season for it though :(

and Yes, I'd love to have a source for watermelon seeds, they are diamonds on my swami ;D


If you're looking for watermelon seeds to eat, here's a source for roasted ones.

http://nuts.com/snacks/watermelon-seeds/regular.html

Posted by: Conor, Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:07am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Seraffa
I cannot have watermelon seeds to eat on my SWAMI. But I will not eat a seedless watermelon. Are all the seedless ones GMO's? :B

They're produced by selective plant breeding rather than genetic modification. Seedless watermelons are considered to be a hybridyzed plant. Also, I just found this on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website (seriously though, the National Watermelon Promotion Board? Isn't that kind of an oxymoron? As if there is really someone out there who has to be convinced to eat a watermelon):
Quoted from National Watermelon Promotion Board
A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds. This is similar to the mule, produced by crossing a horse with a donkey. This process does not involve genetic modification.

Too, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, 16-percent of the watermelons in grocery stores have seeds. The remainder are all seedless varietals (maybe this is the real point of the aforementioned board: to convince us all that seedless watermelons are good ... you are starting to feel very sleepy). Just nine years ago, 43-percent of the watermelons sold in the U.S. contained seeds. In another few years, it's probably going to be almost as impossible to find a seeded watermelon in a grocery store as it is today to find black, seeded table grapes. Gee, when did our society become so wimpified that we can't even be bothered to spit out seeds? ??)
Posted by: Conor, Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:20am; Reply: 8
Quoted from md
If you're looking for watermelon seeds to eat, here's a source for roasted ones.

http://nuts.com/snacks/watermelon-seeds/regular.html

Cool, md, thanks. (ok)

I also found this site if anyone wants to buy raw watermelon seeds in bulk (to be able to control the soak method and/or ingredients and the drying process):

P.S. You'll have to sign and fax the company a "Watermelon Release Form"--which releases them from any potential liability for Watermelon Fruit Blotch, Gummy Stem Blight, et cetera--before they'll sell the seeds to you. Actually, any U.S. seed company today requires the same for watermelon seeds sold in bulk.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Monday, June 18, 2012, 2:27am; Reply: 9
Quoted from md


If you're looking for watermelon seeds to eat, here's a source for roasted ones.

http://nuts.com/snacks/watermelon-seeds/regular.html



Thanks!
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, June 18, 2012, 3:27am; Reply: 10
Quoted from Conor

Also, I just found this on the National Watermelon Promotion Board website (seriously though, the National Watermelon Promotion Board? Isn't that kind of an oxymoron? As if there is really someone out there who has to be convinced to eat a watermelon):

In another few years, it's probably going to be almost as impossible to find a seeded watermelon in a grocery store as it is today to find black, seeded table grapes. Gee, when did our society become so wimpified that we can't even be bothered to spit out seeds? ??)


It's a proud thing to promote a watermelon, in this day and age of McNuggets and lattes. :) I would - just for fun. And think of all the little chunk-sters at home developing diabetes whose parents and siblings are too preoccupied with yakking on I-phones, Facebooking, Twittering and gaming to really have time to "prepare" some watermelon slices for the family. No - we all have to go to so-and-so's party at "their" house over there to encounter watermelon.....(see?)

Posted by: md, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:15am; Reply: 11
Quoted from grey rabbit


Thanks!


You're welcome!

Posted by: grey rabbit, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:43am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Conor

Cool, md, thanks. (ok)

I also found this site if anyone wants to buy raw watermelon seeds in bulk (to be able to control the soak method and/or ingredients and the drying process):

P.S. You'll have to sign and fax the company a "Watermelon Release Form"--which releases them from any potential liability for Watermelon Fruit Blotch, Gummy Stem Blight, et cetera--before they'll sell the seeds to you. Actually, any U.S. seed company today requires the same for watermelon seeds sold in bulk.

Do they really need to be soaked since they are swimming in juice till they are not? Fax? Really? will they take an email you think?
Posted by: Conor, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 3:07am; Reply: 13
Quoted from grey rabbit
Do they really need to be soaked since they are swimming in juice till they are not? Fax? Really? will they take an email you think?

You'll receive them as dried seeds, and no telling how long they'll have been like that. I soak all of my raw seeds to not only eliminate the bulk of the enzyme inhibitors, but to also enhance the vitality of the respective seed by starting the sprouting process. Soaking seeds in salt water also helps to give them a nice bit of salty flavor once dehydrated.

Maybe they'll accept a PDF scan, as long as it includes your signature, but I don't know for certain.
Posted by: shoulderblade, Tuesday, June 19, 2012, 1:49pm; Reply: 14
I checked out a Chinese market and found two Brands of Watermelon seeds. Both were Chinese though one managed to have the English "Watermelon Seeds" on the front label. Available in two flavours Green Tea and Liquorice. Could not tell if they were roasted or not.

The other brands package had no English on it and I had to confirm with an employee that they were 'same' with the first brand. These were in a clear package and were roasted to the point there was a dark black ring around the outside.; ??)

I mentioned this to a friend who said that she had tried some that were Punjabi so they may well be a traditional snack food in Asia generally.
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