Wouldn’t it be great if we had a farmer’s market at our street corner? We would have the freshest and choicest fruits and vegetables at our disposal, day in and day out. At the farmers market we would get expert guidance when choosing produce.
Reality check. Most of us don’t live close to a farmer’s market and will be purchasing our fruits and vegetables at the grocery or supermarket. So how do I pick a watermelon that’s the best, sweetest, and the freshest in the basket?

Watermelon is one of the most important fruits to really know how to pick well, since it’s probably the largest fruit you will buy. Serving up a dull, tasteless and underripe watermelon is always disappointing the host and guests.

Here are some great, useful and practical tips to use when shopping for watermelon.

There are two main things to focus on.

APPEARANCE and the WEIGHT of the watermelon in comparison to it’s size.


Tip #1: Look for the yellow spot

Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe. The darker yellow the field spot is, the longer it was on the vine sweetening up. A field spot that is white (or not even there), will indicate that the melon is under-ripe.

Tip #2: Pick a Dull Looking Watermelon

A shiny appearance indicates an under-ripe melon. This applies to honeydew melons too. As much as a shiny one will make for a great picture, you will be sorely disappointed once you cut it open.

Tip #3:  Look for Black and Web Like Spots

If you see black spots on the watermelon it indicates that the sugar has begun to seep out. Good sign! Also, web like brown spots on the watermelon mean that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is.

Tip #4: Inspect the tail!

A dried out tail is a sign that the watermelon is ripe. A green tail is usually an indicator that the fruit is not yet ripe.


Tip #1: 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.

Tip #2: Heavy for its Size.

Big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size. The heavier it is, the more water it has. However, pay attention to the size. It shouldn’t be too large or too small. A medium size watermelon is best.

Pick it and enjoy it! You know that you made a great choice! Please share below any great tips you may have!

Keep reading to find great ideas and creative watermelon recipes!

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