Mind your melons

Heather says:

When looking for the perfect watermelon:

  • Check the stem.  It should be present, but shrunken and discolored.
  • Look for a symmetrical fruit.
  • Check the underside, buttery yellow is a good indicator of ripe flesh.
  • Finally don’t be shy, smack that sucker, it should have a deep tone.  If it sounds dull, the melon is over-ripe.  A high-pitched tone indicates a green melon.  The slapping method works best on the larger varieties, as smaller ones tend to sound green.
  • Color is not a good indicator of ripeness, but avoid melons with soft spots or bruises.



  1. Margo on August 3, 2007 at 2:26 pm

    Yummy! My husband loves frozen watermelon bits. tastes like a popsicle. 🙂

  2. Eve on August 3, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Wow, thanks for that! I never did learn how to pick a watermelon, I always end up getting them before they are ready! I can go shopping tonight with confidence!! Thanks again!