Clears summer heat and stomach heat. Generates body fluid and relieves thirst. Translation: helps to alleviate/prevent dehydration, reduce inflammation, regulate digestion, and offers a way to use up something we would normally discard.
Watermelon can be a bit of a sugary treat, so be careful not to overdo it with the sweet part of the fruit, a little of it is fine—it has a number of electrolytes!
• 500 g (17.06 oz) watermelon peel
• 1 tsp salt
• 20 g (0.71 oz) garlic, minced
• 1/2 tsp sugar, to taste
• 1/4 tsp salt (natural sea salt is preferred) to taste
• 2 Tbsp sesame oil
• 3 tsp vinegar
Makes 3 servings
Take the white portion of the watermelon peel and cut into 2-inch by 1/2-inch strips.
Combine the strips of watermelon peel and salt in a bowl. Mix with hands for 5 minutes. Then rinse under cold water to remove the salt. Place peels on paper towels to dry.
Combine garlic, sugar, salt, sesame seed oil, and vinegar in a bowl. Mix with a whisk. Add watermelon peel and toss until evenly combined. Marinate for 1 hour before serving.