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Select the Perfect Watermelon

You didn't think I'd let National Watermelon Day go by without a few tips on how to select the perfect watermelon now did you? Here a some pointers to ensure that your watermelon will be sweet, juicy and perfect!

  • Look for a melon that is symmetrical - the lopsided one might be cute and goofy looking, but the symmetrical one will probably taste better.
  • Find one that is free of bruises, dents or cuts. This is where it's been dropped and possibly damaged.
  • The outside of a ripe melon generally has a lovely sheen and a yellow spot. The yellow spot is actually a good thing, it means the watermelon was able to ripen in the sun (the yellow spot being where it was touching the ground).
  • Make sure the melon you choose is heavy. A watermelon is over 90% liquid, so a light one could mean disaster.
  • You want to get a watermelon that is firm. If it's squishy it could be rotten on the inside.
  • If you're selecting a precut watermelon, find one that does not have any visible white streaks, looks juicy (not dry) and is bright in color.

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LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
good tips! it's been so long since i've actually purchased a regular melon instead of the pre-cut pieces
krystalmak krystalmak 9 years
"my mom taught me to knock on watermelons and told me that, if they sound hollow, it means they're good! know anything about that, or if its true?!"Heard that too, I think it worked for us.. once lol..and thanks for the tips! :)
krystalmak krystalmak 9 years
"my mom taught me to knock on watermelons and told me that, if they sound hollow, it means they're good! know anything about that, or if its true?!" Heard that too, I think it worked for us.. once lol.. and thanks for the tips! :)
krystalmak krystalmak 9 years
Is this tip for like.. the sandy watermelon? or noo... lol because I don't like the sandy.. so perfect watermelon might be different.. My mom pretty much follows this.. but they're always different.
girlboy girlboy 9 years
great tips!
girlboy girlboy 9 years
great tips!
liliesandlyla liliesandlyla 9 years
these are good tips! i never really know how to pick a good one. Thanks!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i haven't had a good watermelon in years! mostly, i have been too afraid to get a "meaty" one that is sort of dry and such. these are such good tips though - i'll have to try to find one - i've been crazing watermelon seeing all these posts!
Food Food 9 years
i've heard mixed things about the knocking - some folks say that it doesn't mean anything, while other swear by it. i personally haven't had many problems with the tips I gave above. i think if the sound probably has something to do with the firmness and water content, not totally sure though. sorry!
intensebandgeek intensebandgeek 9 years
Yum! I love watermelons! Picking a good watermelon sounds much easier than picking honeydew or cantalope!
krEnElk krEnElk 9 years
yum- my mom taught me to knock on watermelons and told me that, if they sound hollow, it means they're good! know anything about that, or if its true?!
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