Nothing tastes like summer quite as much as a fresh slice of juicy, sweet watermelon. But when you try to pick out a ripe one from the pile, it’s basically a guessing game, right? Not so, friend. Here’s how to pick a good watermelon, with one super-easy trick.
How to pick a ripe watermelon:
Once a watermelon is harvested, it won’t ripen any further, so it’s important to choose one that’s ready when you buy it. The next time you go to grab a watermelon at the farmers' market or grocery store...
- Look for one that’s deep green instead of light or yellowish (which means it probably didn’t spend enough time on the vine).
- Search the rind for the ground spot (aka the area where the melon touched the ground as it grew). If the patch is a cream or yellow tone, the watermelon is ripe. If it’s light green or white, it’s not ready. Resist the urge to lift it up and shake it.
- Give it a hard tap right on the ground spot. It should sound deep and hollow; if it’s under- or over-ripe, it will sound dull. This is how you can be absolutely sure you've picked a good one.
You found the one? Great. Here’s how to cut a watermelon (and not your fingers) into wedges or cubes. You should be greeted with sweet, juicy flesh that’s soft but not mushy or grainy.
5 Recipes to Make with Watermelon:
Now that you’re the owner of a deliciously ripe watermelon, it’s time to put it to good use. You could eat it straight from the cutting board, but why not try one of these summery dishes?
- One-Ingredient Watermelon Sorbet
- Grilled Watermelon Steaks
- Watermelon Poke Bowls
- Grilled Watermelon-Feta Skewers
- Watermelon Salad with Almonds and Dill