In this recurring column, our panel of watermelon experts answer a question posed through our “Ask the Experts” feature in the right hand sidebar. Feel free to ask your own question. All questions get a response and some will be featured here on What About Watermelon.
MICHAEL C. FROM SAN DIEGO, CA, ASKS: Is it okay to eat watermelon seeds?
For some reason, our mothers liked to tell us that if we ate a watermelon seed, a watermelon would grow in our stomach. I was never sure where that tall tale came from or why parents perpetuated it, but millions of kids grow up in constant fear of watermelon seeds because they don’t want to wake up one morning with a 10-pound fruit germinating in their belly. Of course, this isn’t true.
Other people (i.e. those over the age of seven who are wise to the stories adults tell) fear that watermelon seeds contain some sort of harmful chemicals and should therefore be avoided at all costs. This isn’t true either.
The truth is, watermelons seeds are 100 percent safe for consumption! I actually know some people who like to eat them, including many who roast them with salt like pumpkin seeds. They’re a tasty snack if you give them a chance. Maybe that’s why our parents told us not to eat the seeds. They wanted us to save them so they could roast them and enjoy them after the kids went to bed. Excuse me… I have to call my mother.
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As with any food, there are risks to eating seeds. However, in moderation, watermelon seeds are a healthy addition to an already-delicious snack! Packed with vitamin B, magnesium and protein, you could eat them alone or blend them up in a smoothie. I like the sound of the second one, better!
Haha! Nice topping! 😀
I bought a watermelon today for the 4th of July and it taste like a cantaloupe, why?
Because you’re fucking retarded
I agree with rick james!
Because of genetic engineering!
I know I’m a few years late to the party but I personally think Rick James is a fucking idiot who needs to read more about the fact there are different watermelon types and cross breeds of fruits BEFORE opening his little-man-syndromed mouth like that. Just sayin..