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Choosing Great Watermelon


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A box of watermelon for sale with an arrow marking the one that was chosen.As watermelon season wraps up, we are seeing tons of them on sale. You want to make sure you choose a good one, or else you'll be stuck with 15 pounds of lackluster fruit. The key to finding a good one by sight is looking for a rather ugly one that has a big yellowish patch on one side. That spot indicates how it was resting on the field. The darker the yellow, the longer it's been sweetening up. If you do not see one of these spots, it is underripe.

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Try to find one that's uniform in shape, whether it is round or oval. If you see irregular bumps, it was not getting proper water or sunlight, changing its taste. Little brown scuff marks on the melon are also good. They are an indication that sugar is coming out of it, which means it's even sweeter. You should also give it a knock with your knuckles. A muffled hollow thud means it's a good one, and a higher pitched ringing sounds means it is unripe.

In my photo, I added a pink arrow so you know which one we went with, and it was PERFECT!

My friend's dad was in charge of the produce section of a big grocery store for years. He gave me all these pointers.

Source: Pointers from our friend, Mr. Smith

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September 20, 20183 found this helpful

That is a great pointer Attosa, thank you.

I never know exactly what the right "knock" is suppose to sound like exactly, and always just go on an *I hope it's ripe* and that *I hope that knock was the right tone*, haha

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September 20, 20181 found this helpful

Hahaha it's a deep thump, Suz! Like it's heavy and has a deep voice :D If it's a high pitched, almost metallic sound, just say no!!!!! ;)

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

That's in the memory bank now, thank you Attosa! :)

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

I never pick a good one so I am saving and sharing this information. Thank you Attosa

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September 22, 20180 found this helpful

Fabulous, GB! :)

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

Best advice!

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

I buy produce at a local market and usually have them cut it in half so I can see the inside. Pale pink vs red and sometimes a mushy appearance are no-go s and I have them cut Another one

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September 22, 20180 found this helpful

Nice to know about the colouring :)

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September 21, 20180 found this helpful

In addition to all your tips, it should feel heavy for its size.

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September 22, 20180 found this helpful

Excellent addition!

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September 23, 20180 found this helpful

All of this is great information, Thank You!!!

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September 24, 20180 found this helpful

You're welcome!

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September 26, 20180 found this helpful

I was always told to check the stem end. If it's rough the melon was picked too soon, or is that just for cantaloupe?

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September 27, 20180 found this helpful

I think that works here, as well. I think if the end is rough, it's not quite ripe. If you're growing watermelon, however, if the tendril that attaches right there is still springy, it's still growing.

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A worn out tendril is your cue to pick :)

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September 17, 20190 found this helpful

Another way to tell is if it feels heavy for its size. If you have a couple that fit the criteria she mentioned, pick the one that seems heavy for its size. You will know it when you feel it. If youre choosing between the best two or three, pick the heavy one. You will not be disappointed!

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