Sprinkling Salt On Watermelon Is Going Viral And We Understand Why

Watermelon has always had a soft spot in the hearts of people all around the world. However, in the Southern United States, there's a new way to enjoy the fruit – by sprinkling salt. Here's why.

By Cookist

It may sound a little unusual to some people that salt is being sprinkled on watermelon but iit has become a time-honored tradition in the South, and for good reason.

The combination of salt and watermelon reportedly creates a harmonious blend of flavors that gives the taste buds a treat and leaves a lasting impression.

The Origin of the Trend 

The practice of adding salt to watermelon is deeply rooted in Southern culinary history. It is a bit challenging to trace its precise origins but it is believed to have emerged as a way to enhance the fruit's flavor in the hot and humid climate of the South.

The Science Behind the Sweet and Salty Combo


That's right, there's a scientific explanation that justifies the combination. Salt is famous for being able to suppress bitter flavors while enhancing the perception of sweetness, and this is why it complements the taste of watermelon so adequately.

When salt is sprinkled on the surface of the fruit, it coaxes out some of the fruit's natural juices, creating a slightly briny and sweet mixture your taste buds will thank you for.

How to Salt Watermelon


Some people prefer lightly dusting the surface with salt, which will let the flavors mingle subtly, while others may sprinkle a more generous amount, in a bid to get a more pronounced sweet and salty contrast.

There are no strict rules when it comes to salting watermelon – it all boils down to personal preference.

Will you be trying this new food trend?

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