Uses of Watermelon Seeds

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Uses of Watermelon Seeds
Watermelon seeds have a wide variety of uses. (Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Throwing away watermelon seeds will be the last thing you will want to do once you see how many different uses there are for the seeds. Throwing away watermelon seeds is wasteful, which is something more people are trying to avoid these days. With such a wide variety of uses for the watermelon seeds, you will soon find yourself stockpiling the seeds whenever you can.

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Kidney Cleansing

Use watermelon seed tea to cleanse your kidneys, which could help in the prevention of kidney stones and kidney disease. People with underactive kidneys can receive kidney stimulation with a tea made from the seeds. To create the watermelon seed tea, boil 1 pint of water and then pour that on top of 1 tbsp of ground watermelon seeds. Allow the tea to completely cool off, and then strain it to remove the remaining pieces of seed. Drink this tea at least once a day.

Growing New Watermelons

There are many watermelons available at the local grocery store, but watermelons grown from your own backyard will taste better and they will be much more affordable. Purchase one watermelon and you now have enough seeds to get your own garden started, and since watermelons can be grown in just about any part of the country, there is nothing stopping you. Plant the seeds 1 inch deep and 6 feet apart once you are past the point where frost is an issue. Harvest the watermelons when ripe, when the surface colour of the melon dulls and the tendrils dry up and turn brown.

Salty Snacks

Many people have been salting and roasting pumpkin seeds for as long as they can remember, but it is time to make sure that you are not leaving out the roasted and salted watermelon seeds. Clean the seeds and soak them in water for a couple of hours. Spread the seeds over a glass pan and salt them to your liking. Bake for 40 minutes at 325 Fahrenheit, and then allow the seeds to cool. Pat them down with a paper towel to remove access oil and enjoy.

Art Supplies For Children

Use watermelon seeds, along with other types of seeds and beans, and glue them to a piece of poster board to create a mosaic portrait. You can also have the children paint pictures of watermelon halves or slices. Glue the watermelon seeds on the melon pieces instead of drawing or painting them on. For last-minute projects to keep the kids entertained, you should always have some paper, poster board, paint, glue and different seeds on hand.

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