How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon Every Time!

I think if i had to chose my favorite fruit, it would be watermelon. I LOVE a good watermelon, and since I am adding one to my cart every time I go shopping, I have done my research on choosing a perfect watermelon. Unless you are an expert in watermelon acoustics, stop being the crazy person in the produce aisle knocking on all the melons! Here are my easy tips to choosing a perfect watermelon every time!

1. Pick a heavy one!

The most ripe and sweetest watermelons will contain the most water and should be relatively heavy for it’s size. If you want to get technical you could weigh the melons on the scale at the grocery store, but I just pick up a few watermelons until I find one that sort of surprises me with how heavy it is. That is the one I want to take home.

2. Check for a white or yellow spot

You’ll want a watermelon that has a nice white or light yellow spot where it was sitting on the ground while it was growing. If there is no nice white or light yellow spot and it is still green, that melon was picked before it was really ripe, pass that one up.

That’s pretty much it! Obviously you want to make sure you aren’t picking a watermelon with any major blemishes or bruises, but beside that, those two simple rules should help you chose an awesome watermelon every time!

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8 thoughts on “How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon Every Time!

  1. Simona

    These are exactly what I do, but I would add one more thing. I actually poke them a little bit too. If you poke on it it should give a little bit but not too much. If there is no give then it isn’t ripe. If it’s squishy then it’s over ripe. That’s it!

  2. Jasmine S

    Great list. I’d add that although you don’t want a hideous melon, the little tan trails are from bugs wanting to get in because it’s sweeter than the rest. So, those ugly marks are a good sign. :o)

    1. Patricia

      You are absolutely correct! I look for those little tan trails because that is a sure guarantee that it will be a sweet melon! My family calls them sugar tracks! Another thing we always do is knock on them. They should sound hollow.

  3. Wyonia Farner

    Having worked on my grandfather’s farm in Alabama, we were taught from an early age how to clip a watermelon , from its stem, that is ripe and ready for the market. The stem must be totally brown and easy to snip off. If the stem is still green, watermelon is green. The stem will look dry and brown from bush to melon. In the market, they have cut off the stem completely. But, you should see brown where it was clipped. All of the above advice from us all, is good advice.

  4. Roxanne

    I’ve also learned my lesson after 3 unsuccessful attempts at buying Watermelons from Mexico. They have all been terrible. 2 were actually rotten inside, the other had like something tough growing in it. Never, never again wil I buy a watermelon from Mexico.

  5. Jannet

    Hmmm, I always heard stir clear unless the stop is yellow. The darker the better since white means underripe. Haven’t had a problem since I started looking for a yellow not green or white ground spot.


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