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

Watermelon Rind Preserves

This Watermelon Rind Preserves recipe makes a unique jam made from the white part of the watermelon. 


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


  1. 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.
  2. When ready to cook, place two metal teaspoons in the freezer.
  3. Drain watermelon juice into a large sauce pan. Boil until the syrup thickens and falls of a spoon in heavy drops. Approximately 15 minutes.

  4. 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.
  5. Boil mixture until thick, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  6. 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.
  7. Remove ginger. Put preserves in sterilized jars and boil in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.

Recipe Notes

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.