For centuries watermelon seeds have formed a normal part of eating habits in the Middle East, Asia and parts of the Mediterranean. But in recent years, consumers in other parts of the world have become aware of this tasty addition to snack foods.
The Sudan is substantial producer of watermelons, growing specially selected varieties in kordofan and Darfur and to a lesser extent in the central region. Traditionally the Middle East and the Gulf have been the major markets for this product but more recently, importers in the Netherlands , Cyprus , Australia and the United States have also been supplied by Sudan.
Researches also indicate that selected varieties of seeds can also be used for oil extraction and the residual meal to form the base of nutritious animal feeding stuff.
Whether salted , roasted or dried as a new and different cocktail snack or as a base for industrial food – stuffs , watermelon seeds have considerable potential.