I usually don’t like to play guessing games with my food. However, I had fun sharing it at work, letting people tell me what they thought. First yay or nay. I had 90% yay. Then I let them guess what they were eating. Not a single person guessed watermelon. I had a lot of votes for pepper (due to the seeds, methinks) and other fruit due to the sweetness. Lisa described them as bubble gum which comes from the sticky sweet consistency. But once I let out the watermelon secret, you can catch a glimpse of flavour in the background. Isn’t it funny how fickle our tastebuds can be?
It is certainly the special texture of the dried watermelon that I adored. Chewy and sweet. I made version plain and also salted with and without chile flakes. With a combination of hot-salty-sweet, the salted chile flake version was my favourite. Rob concurred. Rob mused it would be eerily similar to jerky if we added liquid smoke. Not that I know what jerky tastes like, though. ;)
I just realized that not only are simple recipes easier to make, but they are also a lot easier to type up afterwards. Enjoy! :)
Raw Watermelon Candy
Inspired by Vegan Lisa
watermelon, chopped into cubes or 0.5-cm slabs
salt, to taste (optional but REALLY GOOD)
chile flakes, to taste (optional but REALLY GOOD)
1. Chop watermelon and sprinkle with salt and/or chile flakes. Spread on a mesh-lined dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 135F for 12-18 hours, until dry and chewy.