FoodLink - Purdue Extension

Hot and Sweet Watermelon

Recipe adapted from the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

30 min
Total Time
30 min
Servings: 4


3/4 teaspoon whole peppercorns or coarsely ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons mint leaves (very finely chopped)
6 cups seedless red watermelon (cut into 3/4-inch cubes)
Fresh mint leaves


  1. Place peppercorns on a chopping block. Use the bottom of a heavy saucepan to crush the peppercorns. Place the saucepan over the peppercorns and press firmly down. Crush peppercorns into a semi-coarse texture.

  2. Combine the ground peppercorns with finely chopped mint.

  3. In a large bowl, toss spice mixture gently but thoroughly with watermelon cubes.

  4. Chill this mixture until ready to serve.

  5. Spoon into 4 individual serving glasses or bowls and serve with a fresh mint leaf.