Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Try This: Salted Watermelon

For their wedding favors, my friends H and I gave each one of their guests a small jar of pink, white, or black high-end salt. Husband-Elect chose the latter, which we weren’t exactly sure how to use at first.

Then, a few weeks ago, I bought a 13-pound watermelon. I gutted it, cubed the whole thing, and on a whim, sprinkled a cup with a little bit of the salt.

And? It is CRACK. Juicy, salty, sweet, powerful, cheap, healthy crack. Here’s a picture:

See? Crack. Go try!

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23 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I'm... sorry. I just can't salt my watermelon. But it looks pretty!

Anonymous said...

Is the black salt smoked?

wosnes said...

Salted melon is fantastic! This summer I've been salting both watermelon and cantaloup and you're right -- it's like crack. I've used Kosher or sea salt.

I've read that salt makes food taste more like itself. It's certainly true with the melons and other fruits.

Anonymous said...

Mmm...I love salt on watermelon, but I try to avoid it. Watermelon is good enough on it's own, and I probably get way too much salt without adding it where it's not really needed. Sigh.

Cyndi @ Weightless Life said...

I love salt on watermelon. It's so good. I also like feta and watermelon salad. My husband didn't want to try it at first, but he loves it too.

Annie Jones said...

I was an adult before I realized that not everyone salts their watermelon. LOL!

I also pepper my cantaloupe. Yum!

Anonymous said...

I've always salted my watermelon!

Kat said...

I ate this last night and everyone thought I was crazy! I'm glad to see someone else as addicted as I am. :)

Heidi said...

I grew up watching my grandfather salt and pepper cantaloupe and honeydew wedges for breakfast, so I never gave it a thought. As an adult, I've only met one other person who does this. A regional thing, perhaps? I love it but my husband thinks it's bizarre.

N.ka said...

My granny taught me to salt melons. People made fun of my "country" ways when I was in college on the East Coast until they tried it themselves.

Lindsey said...

I didn't know there was another way to eat watermelon(salted) until I was probably 14 years old!

Clea said...

That does sound bizarrely good! But I'm a salt-freak and actually panic when my stash at my work desk gets low...
Try black salt in scrambled tofu or any other tofu dish. It makes it taste eggy! Freakishly-so, actually.

Basil said...

I have always used salt on my watermelons- I don't think they taste right otherwise! It amazes me how many people I know that don't. Both my mom and I totally enjoy it. And feta cheese is really good too, especially with mint.

Anonymous said...

Y'all hadn't salted watermelon before? It was very common during my childhood here in the sweaty South (we had no AC) to get your rehydration and your electrolyte(salt) via the watermelon, while leaning over the edge of the back porch for a seed-spitting contest, juice dripping down your chin in a happy haze. Or at least that is a very happy childhood memory for me. Thanks for bringing it back!

Anonymous said...

This is fairly common practice in tropical countries where one needs to replace lost salt.

Anonymous said...

Best. Healthy. Snack. Ever.

Anonymous said...

hehehe it's really common to salt watermelon (and cantaloupe) here in south carolina. and delicious! i know a lady who salts strawberries, but i tried it and i don't like that very much.

Kris said...

I had no idea this was so popular! Man, it goes to show: when it comes to food, someone else has always thought of it first. (Probably 80 years ago.)

Blakely said...

I have put salt on my watermelon since I was a child. My grandmother is the one who taught me how to do this. I love it. It is so good.

Cristie said...

Salt is much cheaper than crack. Good thing. Salt on fruit? Good taste; bad habit. But no matter as long as we choose our vices wisely.

Mary said...

I love salted watermelon! that's actually how we used to eat it as kids!

Donna Freedman said...

I grew up eating salted melon and also salted pineapple. Yum.

Maryam said...

that sounds good. though watermelon by itself is even better :)