How-To Pick Out a Perfect Watermelon
- Look for a yellow belly. Watermelons don't ripen after they're picked so, unlike cantaloupe, whatever ripeness the melon is at in the store is what it will forever be. Turn a prospective melon until you see the underbelly or where it rested on the ground while growing. If that spot is yellow, it means the melon was picked when ripe. If the spot is white...DON'T buy it. Any other color but yellow means the watermelon was picked before it was ripe.
- Tap the melon, if it sounds hollow, it's a keeper.
- Sap-looking bubbles. Check the end of the watermelon for what looks like sap oozing out. These melons are so juicy and sweet the juices are oozing out of it!