3 cups of watermelon peels
¾ cup. Sugar
1 tbsp. lemon / orange juice
½ tsp. ginger
½ tsp mixed essence
When choosing which watermelon, you are going to buy, select the one that has a thicker white part. As you eat the fruit, keep the peels in the refrigerator. Once you have the necessary amount, start by removing the green part of the skin.
Cut the peels into pieces that are about a centimeter long by 2 millimeters wide. Doing it with the potato peel speeds up this part of the process. Place the cut peels in a large pot with water and add all the sugar.
Let stand, while you squeeze the orange or lemon.
If it is the orange, add both the juice and pulp and also a small piece of grated skin.
If it is the lemon, add only the juice to the pot.
After this turn on the stove and once it starts to boil, mix with a wooden spoon every 10 minutes for about 50 minutes. Pour the contents into a blender, do not blend it too smoothly. Pour it back into the pot on a very low heat and add the mixed essence and spices, cook for 15 to 20 minutes. Or until get the desired texture.
Finally, pour into previously sterilized jars, while the candy is still hot.
The amount of sugar you use should be calculated according to the weight of the watermelon peels you have. Always ensure the number of peels is twice times the amount of sugar used.
Depending on your tastes, you can add a little more orange or lemon, so that the acid has a lot of presence in the final flavor.
Remember to sterilize the jars and vacuum pack them so that the candy lasts longer in the refrigerator. You can sterilize the jars by boiling them in water for half an hour. Put pieces of cloth between them so that they do not break when they collide with each other while boiling.
World Food Day Recipe – 2023