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How To Pick A Good Watermelon

Need some help with choosing a good watermelon? Here are a few of the things that I look for when digging through the watermelon bin at our local market:

1. Press your fingers and thumbs into the skin from all angles. A good watermelon should be hard all around.

2. Give it a few taps with your knuckles or the pads of your fingers. A winning watermelon will typically have a slight hollow sound upon tapping.

3. Look for mean green. Dark shades of green typically indicate an optimal combination of sun and water while the watermelon was growing.

If you find that your teeth are sensitive to the natural sugar in watermelon, try eating it with some avocado or celery sticks.


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Crystalwizard said...

If you want to know how freshly picked the melon is, look at the stem end. if the the bit of stem still attached to the melon is all dried out, it's been picked for several days, maybe even a week or two, and has likely been sitting in a cooler all that time. If it's still mostly green, it's only been off the vine a day or so.
Wednesday, August 02, 2006 3:04:28 PM
Anonymous said...

I have read that watermelon seeds are beneficial for kidney health, so for several years now I have been eating the seeded varities of watermelon, with the seeds. They add an earthy, nutty flavor that I now prefer to the melon alone. I also save extra seeds to dry and save for tea in case my kidneys start to ache out of season.
Sunday, August 06, 2006 1:07:39 AM
Chandra said...

An Indian friend of mine told me that i would never have a watermelon that wasnt sweet and good if when I brought it homw from the market I would put it in the trunk of my car for three days and park it in a warm spot. Then take it out and let it come down to room temperature and use it from there. I havent had a bad watermelon since and I see where there is an article about letting watermelons ripen at a warm room temperature to increase their nutrient values! I guess its one instance where following your taste buds is a good thing,lol.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006 4:23:43 PM