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Watermelon Done Right: De-Seed Like a Pro

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Step 11: Pure, Seedless Delight

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As each chunk of watermelon emerges clean, free of any hard, black seeds, drop it into the larger bowl. The bowl will fill with delectable chunks of sweet, juicy red fillets of watermelon, ready to eat.

Be watching for the center slices, the "heart" of the watermelon. It is solid, completely free of any seed-lines, hiding no lurking seeds. It is the sweetest, purest part of the watermelon. At the first opportunity, break off a bit of the heart of the melon, just bite-sized, and offer it to your beloved. It is truly the fruit of love!
 
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kingotho4 years ago
Very nice! Next time I get a watermelon, I'll try this method. Thanks for sharing.
Great 'ible but I just eat the seeds....I'll sub though I liked it that much
Blech! Are you sure you're not talking about the little white seeds like you see in a "seedless" variety of watermelon? You eat the big, black, chewy, bitter seeds? That would totally destroy the sweet, soft flesh of a good melon. Do you also eat apple cores, cherry pits, and banana peels? (grin)
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago
I can't speak for SonOfaVermonter, but I, for one, DO eat apple cores! I get a perverse pleasure of having little or nothing to discard after eating an apple! I also feel vaguely healthy, thinking that the apple seeds must surely have some sort of medicinal value! But, it's kind of like drinking office coffee...I don't do it for the flavor!
Actually, apple seeds contain cyanide, and aren't good for you at all. A few of them won't hurt you, especially if you swallow them without chewing them (so the cyanide passes through you inside the protective shell), but I certainly wouldn't eat an apple-core full of seeds every day on a regular basis. If you like to eat the core, you should probably spit out the seeds. More information here: http://www.snopes.com/food/warnings/apples.asp
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago
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Good information, and very interesting. Thanks for sharing it. I think we can be 99% certain you're not going to harm yourself with the amount of apple seeds you consume. That said, considering your research didn't yield an absolute definitive answer, why take the chance when it's easy enough to spit out the seeds? Considering the potential benefit of eating the seeds is essentially nil, why take even a 1% risk? Do you mind sharing the URL of your blog here?
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago

Excellent point, Shiftlock. I think it boils down to immediate gratification. When I eat an apple core, seeds and all, even knowing that each seed contains molecules of cyanide, even recognizing the potential consequence of eventual harm to my body, I still experience joy in the eating.

When I analyze that joy, I think it comes down to two essential aspects:

1. I enjoy the surprise and exclamations of disgust demonstrated by onlookers. I suppose it is a way of feeling unique.

2. I actually do believe there is a tiny bit of benefit to eating the naturally occuring cyanide in apple seeds. Sort of like, God put it there for a reason?

Anyway, the joy outweighs the 1% potential harm.

Not really reasonable, but that's me!

Milt, why did you remove the post above? Or did the administrators remove it? It was valuable and interesting information, and I don't think it contained anything offensive. What's up???
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago

Fooey! I hope I didn't mess anything up!

I deleted the comment myself and tried to replace it with one better formatted. Same info, but divided into paragraphs. The original comment was copied from my blog post and pasted into Instructable's reply box. When posted, it converted everything to plain text and took out all paragraph breaks.

Later, I discovered how to use the rich text option and how to enter HTML tags directly into the source, allowing me to format the style much easier.

So, I deleted the original plain text comment and added another one, newly formatted.

It should be posted here:

Step 11, Pure Seedless Delight

Sorry for the confusion!

Scroll up and take a look. Where there used to be a great post about your apple seed and cyanide research, now It just says "(removed by author or community request)".
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago
When I access this page I see the "Removed by author" notice, but I also see my revised comment. Is there a chance that a refresh of you browser window would reveal it? If that doesn't work, I don't know what to think. I can see my re-formatted comment, but that doesn't mean, I guess, that it actually got changed on the public view. Weird!
Strange. I tried a different browser, and also booted up my laptop just to make sure it wasn't my computer somehow, but still I only see the "removed" message. Must be some kind of error with the instructables website that's only showing you your newer comment. Very weird!
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago
I'll try reposting it as a completely new comment, rather than as a reply to your comment.
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago
MiltReynolds (author)  Shiftlock4 years ago

Good link, Shiftlock. Your comment has stuck in my head all day. I decided I needed a definitive answer. I've spent most of today surfing and wondering and writing.I didn't come up with a definitive answer. But, such as it is, here is the answer I'll go with for now. Be warned: it's a long answer. It will form the basis of a post that I'll make to my personal blog in a week or so, but...just for you, my friend, here is a sneak preview!

Apple Seeds and Cyanide

I offhandedly posted a comment that I eat apples...cores, seeds, and all. I chew on the stem until it tastes and feels like a used toothpick, and then I spit it out.

Several responses to my post have given me cause to examine closely my preferred method of eating apples. I'd heard that apple seeds contain a small amount of cyanide, but I'd also heard that it's harmless unless one were to eat an immoderate amount of apples, much more than a person could stomach in one sitting.

But I didn't really have any research to support either position: Are apple seeds poisonous or healthy?.

So I went searching.

One hour's worth of time spent searching the internet has given some interesting, semi-scientific, good-enough-for-me evidence that eating an apple's worth of seeds a day, or even three or four apple's worth, is not harmful. At worst, it may introduce a tiny amount of cyanide into my body, at a level which my body can easily detoxify. At best, it provides a tiny amount of cyanide into my body which may help guard against cancer.

Cyanide occurs naturally in many plants as a part of sugars. (www.atsdr.cdc.gov)

Wikikpedia explains that natural cyanides appear to defend plants against herbivores. (wikipedia.org, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov)

According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the lethal dose for hydrocyanic acid (HCN) is 50 milligrams.

I couldn't find a reputable source for how much cyanide is in an apple seed. That highly classified information is contained in several scientific documents which would cost me upwards of $30 or more to download, and the question just isn't that important to me. (www.sciencedirect.com, www.informaworld.com)

However, I did find an interesting, but not scientifically supported, article entitled: How To Kill Yourself With Apple Seeds. jarvissa.blogspot.com

According to Jarvissa, one gram of dry apple seed contains 0.6 milligrams of HCN. This calculates to around 85 grams of dry apple seeds...around half a cup.

That's a lot of apples.

Cyanide is only a very small portion of a natural substance found in plants from the Prunis family, which includes apples, cherries, apricots, peaches, almonds, millet, lima beans, soy, spinach, bamboo, and cassava root (used in tapioca). This natural substance is called amygdalin. Enzymes in our body breaks amygdalin into glucose, benzaldehyde, and hydrogen cyanide. (chemistry.about.com)

Raw amygdalin and a modified version, called Laetrile, are widely promoted as alternative cancer treatments. (www.cancer.org)

The U.S. National Library of Medicine posted several instances of toxic effects suffered by people ingesting Laetrile in massive quantities as treatment for cancer. One woman experienced fever, headache, cramps, eye irritation, and big words for "sick" following a regimen of 1500 milligrams of Laetrile daily. A man experienced muscle and nervous system weakness after a daily dose of 500 milligrams of amygdalin. In both cases, symptoms disappeared when the drugs were discontinued. (toxnet.nlm.nih.gov)

I have no intention of eating more than two or three apples a day. In actual use and practice, I eat one apple, seeds and all, only about three times a week. One apple has about five seeds. Even if I eat three apples for every meal, every day, that's only 15 seeds per day...maybe a spoonful?

Everytime I eat an apple core and chomp the seeds and swallow them down, I envision an ugly, voracious herbivore being scared to death of taking a bite out of me.

And that's a good thing!

schnitzle4 years ago
Why didn't I think of that? Great instructable, I'll definitely use this technique on my next watermelon :D
MiltReynolds (author)  schnitzle4 years ago
Thanks for your compliment! I know you'll enjoy your watermelon. Remember to save the juice...tastes so sweet, no sugar needed!
Super instructions! Will definitely try this the next time I find a decent watermelon in my parts!
MiltReynolds (author)  missmamamoon4 years ago
Great! Let me know how it goes for you. Is watermelon kind of scare in your area?