Don't throw away that watermelon rind! Use it to make jam. Unique and delicious Watermelon Rind Preserves make a great homemade gift.
Fruit, Relishes, Jams and Jellies

Watermelon Rind Preserves: Unique and Delicious Homemade Jam

Yes, you read that right, Watermelon Rind Preserves. Jam made from the rind or white part of the watermelon. Yes, you can eat that. It doesn’t have the same juicy watermelon taste as the red fruit part, so it needs a little sugar and some cooking to bring it out.

Don't throw away that watermelon rind! Use it to make jam. Unique and delicious Watermelon Rind Preserves make a great homemade gift.

If any of you have seen my Tomato Preserves recipe, this will look mighty familiar. I used the same recipe, except I upped the lemon because watermelon does not have the acidity that tomatoes do and you need some acid for proper jelling.

When I originally attempted to make this I used an overly complicated less that satisfying recipe from Ball Blue Book. I am tempted to take the old recipe off the site because this one is so much better.

The Best Watermelon Rind Preserves

Prep time12 hours, 10 minutes
Cook time30 minutes
Total time12 hours, 40 minutes
Meal type Condiment
Occasion Summer
Watermelon Rind Preserves are a simple jam made from the white part of the watermelon.


  • 1lb watermelon rind (the white part with a bit of pink, all green peel removed)
  • 1lb sugar
  • 1 Large lemon
  • 1/2 " piece of ginger (peeled)


This recipe uses the rind of the watermelon. Use a vegetable peeler to remove the green peel. You want to leave a little bit of pink for color.


Makes 3-4 half pint jelly jars.


Finely chop the watermelon rind and place in a large non-metal bowl. Add sugar and stir to coat all of the rind in sugar. Let stand for 12 hours.
When ready to cook, place two metal teaspoons in the freezer.
Drain juice into a large sauce pan. Boil until the syrup thickens and falls of a spoon in heavy drops. Approximately 15 minutes.
Add the reserved watermelon rind to the thickened syrup. Grate the lemon zest and add to the syrup. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into the syrup. Add the ginger.
Boil mixture until thick for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
To test for doneness, remove one spoon from the freezer. With the spoon you used to stir the preserves remove about 1/4 teaspoon of preserves and pour into the frozen spoon to quick chill. Tilt the frozen spoon over the pot, if the preserves pour off in large thick drops it is done. If it pours off quickly, boil for another few minutes and retest with the other frozen spoon.
Remove ginger. Put preserves in sterilized jars and boil in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.


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6 thoughts on “Watermelon Rind Preserves: Unique and Delicious Homemade Jam”

  1. I didn’t even know you could do this with watermelon rind – Thanks for linking up to Pin Worthy Wednesday, I have pinned your post to the Pin Worthy Wednesday Pinterest Board.

  2. Thank you so much for linking up to Merry Monday this week! I am sharing your post today on our MM Pinterest Board! We hope to see you next week for another great party! Have a great week!

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