The real reason you should be saving your watermelon rind

If you're throwing away your watermelon rinds, then you just might be tossing out one of the best parts of the fruit. Like many other fruits and vegetables, the rinds, stems, or peel are often home to a lot of the produce's nutrients. They're usually pretty flavorful too. So instead of tossing it into your kitchen compost, it's time to learn the health benefits of watermelon rind and how to use it (via Food Network).

While we all know the deliciously sweet pink flesh is great, it's time to chow down on the white flesh too that's layered next to the green rind. It turns out the white part of the rind is loaded with powerful nutrients that can help fight off free radicals, prevent cancer, and improve blood circulation.

Apart from reducing your blood pressure and providing you with more fiber, the white part of the rind can also do wonders for your physical performance. From sports to the bedroom, watermelon rinds have been said to give you a boost. Some even call it nature's Viagra (via Healthline).

What to do with the rest of the watermelon rind

If the idea of munching further into the rind of a slice of watermelon just doesn't sound appetizing to you, don't worry. There are a surprising number of ways you can make it more edible. Watermelon rinds can actually be quite tasty, in fact.

We love the idea of blending them up with lime and mint for a refreshing drink. Some people also pickle entire slices of watermelon, but other recipes call for pickling nothing more than the rind itself. Adding a few maraschino cherries to the process helps sweeten it up, too. It's an old-fashioned take, but certainly, one to try (via The Spruce Eats).

Other recipes for pickled watermelon rinds are a bit spicier than sweet. For example, Taste of Home uses cinnamon, cloves, and peppercorns to give the pickled rinds a nice kick. If you prefer the idea of a sweeter pickled watermelon rind, then you might want to consider making watermelon rind preserves (via All Recipes).

Finally, watermelon rind can be added to stir fry or kimchi if you're the adventurous type in the kitchen. You can juice the rinds as well (via Watermelon).