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Watermelon Dill Pickles


  • 2 lbs. watermelon rind, trimmed
  • 8 sprigs fresh dill, stem and sprigs
  • 4 fluid ounces water
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 12 fluid ounces apple cider vinegar
  • 2 fluid ounces rice wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 2 Tablespoons tri colored peppercorns
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (more or less to taste) * 1⁄4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Clean the watermelon and carefully cut away all the peel and flesh. Cut the rind into 1⁄4 inch wide by 2 inch long strips or use a vegetable peeler to make ribbons. Some flesh on the rind is okay. Place fresh sprigs of dill and rind into a non-reactive container that will hold all rind and liquid and has a secure lid or top.
  2. Place water, salt, sugar, vinegars, garlic, dried dill, peppercorns, coriander, red pepper flakes and cumin into pot and place on high heat. Once mixture simmers continue to whisk making sure that all of the ingredients are dispersed and sugar and salt have dissolved.
  3. Pour the hot liquid mixture over the rind and let set for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes place and secure lid or top on the container, then label, date and store in refrigeration.
  4. For the rind to reach full flavor, cure for two weeks .During the next two weeks, gently agitate the mixture every two days to ensure that the flavor is being dispersed throughout the rind. After week 1 taste the rind to ensure you have the right flavor profile and adjust as necessary. After week 2 the rind will be slightly crisp, have a pink color to the rind, and a bold flavor. Note: Pickles will soften and darken the longer they are stored. You can enjoy anytime, you don’t have to wait the two weeks!

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Recipe courtesy of National Watermelon Promotion Board


  • Indiana ranks #5 in the country for watermelon production
  • In 2022, Indiana farmers harvested melons on 6,900 acres across the state. * The watermelon fruit consists of about 90% water, making it an excellent
    choice for staying hydrated on hot summer days outside.
  • It takes a watermelon 80 to 95 days to become fully grown. Watermelons are ready to harvest when the part of the rind touching the ground changes from white to pale yellow.