Saturday, May 29, 2010

How-To Pick Out a Perfect Watermelon

I am addicted to watermelon. I started seeing it in the store a couple weeks ago and our family has already gone through three. My husband thinks I have a gift for picking the perfect melon, so I thought I'd share my secret with you.

How-To Pick Out a Perfect Watermelon

  1. 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.
  2. Tap the melon, if it sounds hollow, it's a keeper.
  3. 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!
Every time I follow these cues, we end up with a delicious watermelon for dinner. Happy hunting!

Do you have any other tips or tricks for finding the perfect watermelon?

12 comments:

  1. thanks for that entry. I have always wanted to know how to pick a good watermelon. Keep the good ideas coming!

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  2. Thanks for the awesome info!! No more bad watermelons...yay!

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  3. Thanks so much for the great tips.

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  4. Seriously great tips! I will have to post a link to this on my July shopping bag post. Bee stings, seriously, who knew?

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  5. Great tips! We've always looked for the yellow and thunked it for the hollow sound but never looked for the bee stings...Thanks!

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  6. Another good tip is to pick one with a small blossom end. The smaller the dot where the blossom was the sweeter it will be...combine this with all the other tips and you are sure to get a good one!

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  7. The rule I always follow is to pick one that seems heavy for its size... that's not very scientific, but extra juice is a good thing, right? :)

    Definitely using your tips from here on out.

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  8. Thanks for the tips! I've tried a couple those (bee stings and yellow belly), but not the hollowness. I'm excited to give it a try!

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  9. I didn't know about the bee holes. Good to know. Whenever I eat watermelon I think of you. In fact, I scooped some watermelon today for Mason's b-day.

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  10. A friend sent me the link to this blog and now I'm confused because recently I asked on my FB page how to pick a watermelon and they said to make sure it is NOT hollow. So if it's hollow it is better?? I LOVE watermelon and am desperate to start getting good ones, instead of duds. :)

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  11. Kellie- Hollowness is the BEST method for a quick and easy watermelon choice. Tested and tried :)

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  12. What a great tip! What about other fruits???

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