The Best Way to Pick a Watermelon

The Best Way to Pick a Watermelon

Emma Christensen
Jun 7, 2012

Watermelons are just starting to come into season in the warmer parts of the country. This means that farmers markets will soon resound with the drumbeat of shoppers thumping watermelons to find the most perfect picnic-worthy specimens. Do you know how to pick the best watermelon?

There's a definite art to picking the very best watermelons. It involves weighing the watermelon between your hands, turning it over, and giving it a firm thwap! on the underside. A heavy watermelon with a splotch on its belly and a hollow sound means it is brimming with juice and at the peak of its ripeness.

Buying watermelons at a farmers market takes out much of the guesswork. Farmers know their business and will only harvest watermelons for sale when they're truly ripe. When in doubt, ask the farmer to pick a melon for you. At a farmers market, you can also taste a sample and feel confident that the watermelon you take home will taste the same.

Do you have any other tips for picking the ripest watermelon from the bunch?

How to Pick a Watermelon

1. Pick It Up: Big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.

2. Look for the Yellow Spot: Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it's ripe.

3. Give It a Thump: Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.

Related: How to Select the Best Produce: Fruit

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