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Watermelon Pickle

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Watermelon Pickle
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  • 9 cups water
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 11 cups watermelon pieces (cut from rind, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes)
  • 2-1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


In a large bowl, stir the water and salt together. Add the watermelon and let stand overnight.

Drain the watermelon, rinse, and drain again. In a large saucepan, combine the vinegar, sugar, cinnamon stick, ginger, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and add the watermelon. Return to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. Loosely pack the watermelon into jars. Return the syrup to a boil and boil for 30 minutes. Pour over the fruit in the jars and seal. Process in a boiling-water bath for 15 minutes.

Updated Monday, March 24th, 2003

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