Watermelon Done Right: De-Seed Like a Pro


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!
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)  Shiftlock5 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)  Shiftlock5 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!

schnitzle5 years ago
Why didn't I think of that? Great instructable, I'll definitely use this technique on my next watermelon :D
MiltReynolds (author)  schnitzle5 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)  missmamamoon5 years ago
Great! Let me know how it goes for you. Is watermelon kind of scare in your area?