There is something about watermelon in the summer that just makes everything seem to fall into place. With this heat wave, Dylan and I have been chowing down on watermelon, even for breakfast! I’ve now developed a knack for picking the perfect watermelon at Sprouts and I’ve decided to share what I’ve learned.
There is definitely an art to picking the best watermelons. It involves weighing the watermelon between your hands, turning it over, and giving it a firm thump on the bottom. A heavy watermelon with a splotch on its belly and a hollow sound means it is juicy and at the peak of its ripeness.
Tips on how to pick a perfect Watermelon
- Pick It Up:Weather it’s big or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
- Look for the Yellow Spot:Watermelons develop a splotch where they rest on the ground. When this splotch is creamy yellow, it’s ripe!
- Give It a Thump:Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe one will have a deep hollow sound. Under-ripe or over-ripe melons will sound dull.
- If you can’t find a perfect one, go with the closest and let it sit on the kitchen counter for a day or two before cutting it up.