Tutti frutti made from watermelon rind is a great way to use up the entire fruit. Trutti frutti is a colourful and delicious addition to cakes & bakes.
Chop the white portion only into small bits.
Place the chopped bits into a pot or a pan and cover it with water. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook the pieces for about 8-10 minutes or until the pieces begin to look translucent. Do not overcook them or soften them till they turn mushy. Drain off the water and keep aside till required.
I used half of a medium sized watermelon, removed the fruit and then peeled & discarded the green portion (outer skin) of the rinds. I then scraped the fruit (red portion) that was clinging onto the peels and discarded it. What remained was the white portion which I chopped to bits.
How to check for one-string consistency - This means that when you dab a drop of the hot syrup between your thumb & index fingers a thin thread linking the two fingers should form (in terms of stickiness).
Since there are no preservatives added to the tutti frutti it does not have a very long shelf life unless you completely immerse them in the sugar syrup. If you want to keep it for longer, please make sure you increase the sugar syrup slightly. Also, store the bottle in the coolest part of your fridge to extend its life.