I will never be sure where this tale came from, but for some reason, our parents liked to tell us that if we ate a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in our stomach. Of course, this isn’t true.
Everybody loves watermelon, especially in the hot summer days, but what everyone does is they pluck out each individual seed before they go for the juicy fruit. Since these seeds will not bud fruit inside your body, they shouldn’t be thrown away – instead, they should be eaten.
Sprouting replicates germination, allowing the seeds to be digested and activating their nutrients. Germinated seeds are higher in nutrients than their non-sprouted versions because sprouting removes certain compounds in the food that make it difficult to absorb all of its nutrients. It also increases nutrient density and makes the food easier to digest.
Packed with protein, Vitamin B, magnesium, monosaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, (which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and the risk of heart disease and stroke) these seeds are a robust snack. They would taste great topped on salads, blended into trail mix or eaten out of the palm of your hand.
Most nuts and seeds do good for the body, but watermelon seeds are nutritional superstars!
With a little effort to germinate the fresh watermelon seeds you just plucked out, which usually takes about 2 to 4 days, you will get to enjoy all the health benefits they provide. If you’re not familiar with the sprouting process, you can check out this guide from VerticalVeg. Or if you simply don’t have enough time to sprout the seeds yourself, you can always purchase sprouted watermelon seeds in a bag – like these ones from GoRaw.
However you decide to go, you should know that a handful of sprouted watermelon seeds will be the healthiest, protein full, snack choice for you and your family!