Melon is a low calorie fruit that is rich in vitamins and minerals and has high body water percentage, which makes it an ideal fruit for refreshment during the hot summer days. But the healthiest part of the melons usually ends up in the garbage, because we remove them and throw away – the melon seeds.
In India, melon seeds are the most precious part of the fruit and are used in every household.
After removing the central part of the melon, the seeds together with the fibers are dried on paper and then, after drying, the fibers are separated from the seeds. After this process, the seeds need to be washed under a jet of water, dried and stored.
Melon seeds are rich in proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and fibers. According to Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine) melon seeds have a refreshing effect and are ideal to be consumed during the summer.
In India, the ground melon seeds are added to the lassie (beverage made with yoghurt) and thandai (cold milk with spices), and the whole seeds are used for making sweets and halva. They can be added to bread and pastries (such as pumpkin or sunflower seeds) or in cakes and cookies (like walnuts or hazelnuts). They can be eaten as healthy snacks as well.