Never pick a tasteless and bad watermelon again. Learn the tips and tricks for choosing the most delicious watermelon every time!
How to Choose the Right Watermelon
It can be tricky to pick out the right watermelon – you want it to be sweet and juicy, but it’s not uncommon to walk away with one that’s under ripe and not so delicious.
Whenever I pick out a watermelon that is so delicious, I feel so proud. Over the years, we’ve come up with the best tips for picking the perfect watermelon. Following the tips below, I tend to get the a great watermelon every time! Here is a little video I did!
Where’s the best place to buy the perfect watermelon?
If you are wanting to find a good watermelon try checking out your local farmers market or fruit stand. Purchasing fruit from an experienced farmer is a good sign and the best way to guarantee the juiciest watermelon.
If you don’t have a fruit stand or farmers market close by then you can definitely get a delicious watermelon at your local grocery store, too.
I always like to get mine at Costco because they are typically a good price and you won’t have to purchase them by the pound. But you can find a ripe watermelon in the produce section of your local grocery store, too.
When is watermelon season?
If you are wanting to find a sweet watermelon your best bet is going to be during watermelon season during the summer months.
In most places the best time to buy the best watermelon will be between May and September. This is when you will find them up front and center at most grocery stores and at your local farmers’ market.
Purchasing fresh watermelon from your farmer’s market means you are supporting a small, local business which you can definitely feel good about.
How to find the perfect melon
Now that you know where to buy a sweet melon and when to buy them- it is a good thing to know how to pick a juicy watermelon. Because no one likes a tasteless or squishy melon.
So the next time you have a craving for a slice of this juicy fruit be sure you know the tips and tricks for finding the finest watermelon.
Pick it up
First things first in picking this sweet fruit is picking it up. Whether it is big or small you will want a heavy watermelon . Heavier melons likely holds lots of water which will result in a sweeter melon.
Look for a large yellow spot
Look for a large creamy yellow spot on the melon. The yellow patch means that it was resting on the ground for a longer period of time, which means it became more ripe.
If there isn’t a large yellow spot it is probably not the best melon and is most likely an underripe melon.
Knock on it
Pick up the watermelon and give it a good knock on the belly spot on the outside of the fruit.
A ripe one will have a hollow sound which means it is filled with juice and it is at the peak of its ripeness. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will have more of a dull, flat sound.
Look for the brown webbing
An indicator of a good melon is when there is vein-like webbing lines or brown webbing on the outside of the fruit.
Some people think these pollination points look like little bee stings on the watermelon skin. These brown spots tell us that bees touched the pollinating parts which tells you it is a riper watermelon than others.
Check the shape
You will want to look for a symmetrical watermelon that is round- opposed to an oval shaped one. A rounder melon is more sweet, while one that is more oval is usually more watery and less flavorful.
Be sure to inspect the underside of a watermelon and the outside of your watermelon and check for irregular bumps because you will want to steer clear of those, too.
Noting the stripe pattern is an easy way to pick a good melon.
You should pick a melon that has a strong stripe pattern with the green stripes being dark and deep while the pale stripes should be a creamy and light yellow color. You will also want to steer clear of a shiny melon because that is a sign that it is most likely under ripe.
Inspect the stem
Checking out the stemp is a good way to make sure it has had time to ripen.
Inspect the stem because you will want to find one with a dried tail that is yellow-brown in color. A green stem means it is not fully ripe and will probably lack in flavor and sweetness.
Look for spots
Dry weathering spots along with the brown webbing are a good sign of the ripest watermelons. These spots are a tell-tell sign that sugar has been seeping out of the fruit.
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Katie Clark is a mom of three with a passion for creating home-cooked meals every night for her family. She has learned the skill of cooking from the time she was young and comes from a long-line of women who love to cook. Over the years, she has developed this skill to not only help her family but thousands around the world with her popular copycat recipes, jello salads, and twists on traditional favorites. She has a degree in journalism and loves to help others succeed in getting dinner on the table!