Pick a great watermelon

A good watermelon will sound hollow when thumped, right?  Not entirely true say the experts.  So, instead of knocking on the melons in the grocery store, here are a few tips that may help instead:

  • Good watermelons will have a firm, shiny rind and a gold spot.  The gold spot is the underside of the melon where it rested on the ground.  A stark white spot indicates an underripe melon.
  • A good watermelon will feel heavy for its size.
  • Check the stem.  If your watermelon still has a stem, it should be hard and green if the watermelon is good.  A watermelon with a brown stem could mean the watermelon is past its prime.

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