Years ago your only choice for watermelon was the big 20-pounder or perhaps wedges of that behemoth cut and wrapped nicely by your grocery store staff.
Nowadays, however, the larger watermelons have minis to compete with. And frankly, I like mini watermelons — the ones that clock in at around five pounds — a whole lot more. Here are three reasons why I believe mini watermelons are the ones to buy.
1. They're easier to handle.
Unless you're a weight lifter, those giant 20-pound watermelons can be tough to manage. Carry it out of the store and then you have to get it on the counter to cut the thing. Mini watermelons, on the other hand, are nice and light. Plus the rind of larger melons tends to be thicker and therefore more difficult to cut through than the thinner rind of a mini watermelon.
2. They last longer than cut wedges of a large watermelon.
Kept whole, a watermelon can last for seven to 10 days. But once cut, its shelf life drops to just three to four days. So if you buy a quarter or half of a large watermelon at the store, you have less time to eat through it than you do if you buy a whole mini watermelon.
3. They're often seedless.
Many of the varieties of mini watermelons at the grocery store and farmers market are seedless, while the extra-large, oblong ones are often not. If you enjoy spitting the black seeds at friends and family, then it's not an issue, but if you'd rather enjoy your watermelon sans seeds, mini is often the way to go.
What do you think? Are you all in on the huge guys? Or content with a mini?