Have you ever eaten the rind of a watermelon? Not the green outer skin but the white part.
I haven't but my husband and I might start.
I was out with a group of friends the other night and the conversation turned, as it frequently does, to a topic concerning sex. We started talking about oysters and other aphrodisiacs.
One of my friends mentioned watermelon rind, the part that I thought most people threw out, as being an aphrodisiac. He grew up in Namibia, where watermelon originated, and he said that the eating of the rind for its aphrodisiacal properties is very common there.
That night, I also learned that people in the U.S. eat the rind as well. Pickled watermelon rind is a popular dish in the South.
I did a little Internet research and, as it turns out, there is some scientific evidence to support the watermelon as an aphrodisiac theory.
The rind of the watermelon is full of nutrients: Vitamin C, beta carotene, lycopene, and, most importantly, a high concentration of an amino acid called citrulline.
Citrulline, when processed by the body, is converted into arginine, another amino acid. In turn, arginine increases your nitric oxide levels. Nitric oxide relaxes and expands blood vessels much like Viagra does. Good to know.
I'm learning all of this at just the right time because there are the most beautiful end-of-summer watermelons at my local produce stand.
Plus, this could be the basis of a new fantasy for me. I can see it now:
I'm at a picnic with my husband. I'm wearing a sundress. He and I are going around gathering up everybody's half eaten pieces of watermelon and greedily eating the rind that has been left behind. The effects of the rind start to kick in. My husband and I sneak into a conveniently located shed. Four hours later, I have to call the doctor because he still has an erection. And for some reason, I feel an urge to be in a bathtub overlooking the ocean.
Have you ever eaten watermelon rind? Did it have an aphrodisiacal effect on you?