Choosing Watermelons

When choosing a whole watermelon, I always thump the melon with my fingers. The one that I choose has to sound "hollow". Very seldom am I wrong by using this method. I've had others tell me they go by the number of "bee stings" a watermelon has on it, as to how sweet a watermelon will be.

By Terri from NV

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August 5, 20060 found this helpful

In Texas, for melons and catalope, we SMELL the stem end AND judge if there's enough "yellow" to the fruit, a sign of ripening.

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August 7, 20060 found this helpful

According to Alton Brown on "Good Eats" a watermelon's ground spot should be yellow, not white, to indicate ripeness when picked.

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