How to Pick a Watermelon
Tips and Tricks for Selecting the BEST Watermelons this Season!
Well defined stripes
- with distinct color variations between the green lines and the yellow lines.
A large yellow spot on the bottom
- This shows the watermelon has been sitting in the field ripening on the vine for a while, not picked too early.
Round over oblong
– Round melons tend to be sweeter than oblong. Of course, most watermelon land somewhere in the middle, if you have the option of picking a round melon, do it.
Heavy is best
– try to pick a watermelon that seems heavy for it’s size. This means it is loaded with juice. Pick up a few options to compare.
Deep sounding tone
– thump the watermelon. The sound should be deep, again demonstrating it is FULL, not dried out and airy on the inside.
Check the stem
- If there is a stem attached it should be dried up, not green. A green stem would signal that the watermelon is still in the process of ripening, but not there yet.
Scars and spots are good
– Don’t judge a book by its cover. Weathering on the outside of the melon is another indicator that the melon has had plenty of time to sweeten.
HOW TO CUT A WATERMELON:
Cut the short (stem) ends off the melon. Then cut the watermelon into quarters, from stem end to end.
, start at the top point of the fruit, and cut straight down to the rind, in ½ to 1-inch sections.
Then cut along the edge of the rind, deep into the watermelon on each side, to release the slices from the rind.
To cut cubes
, cut deep into each flat side of the watermelon, 1 inch apart. Do this on both sides.
Then start at the top point and cut down in 1-inch segments.
Finally cut along the edge of the rind on both sides to release the cubes for the rind.
All images and text ©Sommer Collier for A Spicy Perspective