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Watermelon Peel Jam

This is an Iraqi recipe called Al Reggi jam..
Author: Amira


  • 4 cups of prepared watermelon rinds.
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups sugar depending on your liking.

Flavors to use: ( use any one or more of the following)

  • , 4 whole clovesJuice from 1/2 lime and zest, a dash of vanilla, 4 whole cloves, cinnamon stick.


  • To prepare the rinds, first trim the green part
  • Use a sharper knife but take care
  • It is ok to leave some of the red flesh
  • Then dice into smaller pieces
  • Cover with water
  • Cook on medium until it boils then reduce heat
  • until rinds are translucent
  • checking and stirring often
  • Until soft and check the water level
  • 1Add the flavors of your choice
  • 1I've also added drops of lime juice
  • 1Add the sugar
  • 1Let it dissolve on low until thickened
  • 1Prepare and sterilize jars
  • 1After filling the jars, turn them upside down
  • 1for 10-15 minutes to seal