Tips & Tricks

Choosing the Perfect Watermelon

 

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Summer is here and watermelon season is in full swing! Don’t you just love watermelon season? I know I sure do!

For some though, buying a watermelon themselves is a high anxiety experience, because while everyone is hoping for that perfectly red, delicious, juicy, ripe watermelon, many end up bringing home 10-15 pounds of watermelon terribleness.

Today, I’m going to share how to pick out the perfect watermelon every time and anxiety free!

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Step 1: Look for a dull watermelon. While the shiny watermelons may look prettier, a shiny appearance means the watermelon was picked too soon. The skin of a watermelon dulls as it ripens, so the duller the skin, the more ripe the watermelon.

Step 2: Examine the dull watermelons for a dark creamy yellow spot. People often assume these yellow spots are a sign that the watermelon hasn’t fully ripened, but what it actually indicates is how long a watermelon was allowed to remain on the vine to ripen.

The yellow spot occurs on one side of the watermelon as a result of sitting in the soil and remaining unexposed to sunlight. The longer a watermelon is given to ripen on the vine, the richer in color the yellow spot becomes and the more water and nutrients the watermelon receives, both of which contribute to the tastiness of a watermelon.

Step 3: Pick up the dull watermelons with rich creamy yellow spots. Look at the size, feel how much it weighs – does it feel heavier than it looks? If so, it’s a keeper. If it feels reasonably heavy or light for its size, the watermelon hasn’t fully ripened.

Step 4: Give the dull, heavy watermelon with a creamy yellow spot a good knock. Your knuckles should bounce off the surface and the thud should sound hallow. A dull thud likely means the flesh inside is soft and unripened.

Step 5: Run your hands over the skin of the watermelon you’ve chosen. The watermelon should be relatively uniform in shape, free of significant bumps, scratches or soft spots.

Step 6: Purchase that watermelon with confidence and enjoy it! And tell me below your favorite way to enjoy watermelon!

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13 Comments

  • Reply Tiffany June 22, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Wow these are awesome tips! Many of which I’ve never heard of! This is amazing!

    • Reply alison June 22, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, Tiffany!! Hopefully they’ll help you the next time you’re picking out a watermelon? :)

  • Reply Amanda Bell June 23, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    I have always picked watermelons with a yellow spot sometimes its a little flatter on one side too. They do make the best watermelons. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Melissa June 25, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Yum!! I just found your post on the SITS sharefest and I’m so glad! I always have the hardest time picking watermelon and always thought if it sounded dense, not hollow, that it was good. I was wrong! Can’t wait to go watermelon shopping now 😉

    • Reply Alison Myers June 27, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      I’m so glad you found my post too, Melissa!! :) I hope these tips help making your next watermelon shopping experience an easy one and that you find that perfect watermelon to enjoy!

  • Reply Erin Vincent June 28, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Wow, thank you! This was so informative. I didn’t know that shiny watermelons were a no go.

    • Reply Alison Myers July 10, 2016 at 12:27 am

      They do look so pretty though, don’t they? :)

  • Reply Kim June 28, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Watermelon, mint and feta cheese salad, with a little balsamic vinegar, it’s awesome!

  • Reply Valentina | The Baking Fairy June 30, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    These are great tips! I love watermelon but I never know how to pick a good one at the store. I’ll definitely be using these next time I go shopping :) Pinning!

    • Reply Alison Myers July 10, 2016 at 12:29 am

      I hope these tips help you then! :) Thanks for stopping by and pinning, Valentina!!

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