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Watermelon Pickles

on August 8, 2014

Ok. Today we’re in for something a little bit different. I have never made or even tasted Watermelon Pickles. They’ve always intrigued me, but it’s not something that we ever made in our family. Since it was in Grandma’s recipe file, I decided to give it a try. I really don’t know if she ever made these. The instructions are a little vague for someone who’s never even seen this kind of pickle, so I had to do a bit of a search online and I’ll try to explain things a little better as we go along.

Watermelon Pickles

Watermelon Pickles 2

Ok – here we go. . .

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Watermelon Pickles

Slice the watermelon into slices about 1 inch thick.

Cut the pink flesh off of the slice.

Cut the dark green outer rind off of the white part of the rind.

Cut rind into 1 inch cubes and soak overnight in the refrigerator in a brine of 1/4 cup salt to 1 quart water.

Cover pieces (I used a small plate upside down on top of the pieces in the pot to hold them underwater).

Drain cubes and rinse.

Cover with cold water and cook until tender.


Cook 10 minutes:

4 cups white sugar

2 cups apple cider vinegar

2 cups water

2 inches of cinnamon stick, 1 Tablespoon whole cloves, and 1 sliced lemon tied in a piece of cheese cloth.

Remove spice bag after cooking this syrup for 10 minutes and add rind cubes to pot.

Simmer until cubes are translucent, about 1 hour.

I got 3 1/2 pints out of this and decided to put them in the refrigerator instead of sealing the jars in a hot water bath, but you can do whichever you prefer.


The juicy watermelon and the rind cubes are so pretty.


The cubes change color a bit after cooking.


Adding the spices and vinegar change the color even more.


The jars are pretty enough for gift giving, too!


The finished pickles look like little jewels. The taste is definitely not what I expected. They don’t really taste like a pickle and they don’t really taste like watermelon. Like my daughter said, “they taste like Christmas!” Now I wish I had sealed them in the canner so we could keep them for Christmas. Oh well, there’s more watermelon rind to come this summer! Try these unusual pickles. You’ll be hooked!



One response to “Watermelon Pickles

  1. I love this recipe…do come over and join us at the new vegetarian foodie group “Sharing food with Shivaay Delights”

    Can’t wait to see you there

    Regards D 🙂

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