Watermelon Straight Up
Makes about 3 cups (750 mL)
Watermelon juice is not only refreshingly sweet and delicious but also extremely nutritious. While the juicy red flesh of watermelon is loaded with vitamin C and the carotenoid lycopene, the white part of the rind (which we typically don’t eat) contains an incredible amount of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids and more vitamin C. Juicing both the flesh and the white rind helps us get all those nutrients we normally might toss onto the compost pile.
1 watermelon, prepared for juicing 1 (see Juice Guru’s Tip, below)
1 Using a sharp knife, cut watermelon into pieces and remove outer skin, leaving the white rind intact (see Tip, below).
2 Using a juicer, process watermelon. Whisk well and serve immediately.
Juice Guru’s Tip
To prepare a whole watermelon for juicing, cut off one of the ends, creating a flat surface so you can stand the melon upright. Carefully slice it in half lengthwise through the center, then cut each half in half again. Insert the knife between the skin and the rind and cut away the green skin, leaving the inner white rind intact. There is no need to discard the seeds.