How to Pick A Good Watermelon

These super simple tips and tricks on how to pick out a good watermelon will give you a juicy and sweet melon every time!

Be sure to follow these steps on how to pick a good watermelon so it will be juicy every time. Serve up those sweet slices with a pile of Dr. Pepper Ribs and Corn on the Cob for a perfect summer BBQ!

A perfectly picked slice of ripe watermelon.

Who doesn’t love watermelon?!

In the summertime, I’m especially obsessed with this sweet and refreshing fruit, and I often think about how wonderful life would be if I had it in my fridge all year long!

Over the years, I’ve learned a few tips and trips for picking out the juiciest watermelon and I wanted to make sure you knew what they were so you could use them too.

I know people often say that buying a sweet watermelon is hit or miss, but it doesn’t have to be if you look for a few things when you’re picking out your melon. Once you have it chosen, I also have tips for cutting it!

Delicious, Red and Juicy!! That’s how a perfect watermelon should be, and if you follow these tips it should help in picking out a sweet melon. 😉

A whole watermelon picked with simple tips and tricks.

HOW TO PICK OUT A GOOD WATERMELON

Keep these tips in mind while picking out your melon:

  • Look for the Large Yellow Spot on the underside of the watermelon – This is where the watermelon was laying in the field. Make sure it’s a decent size and a nice yellow patch.
  • Give it a Good Thump – Give it a tap or knock, you want to make sure it has a hollow sound.
  • Dull Outside – You want to make sure the outside of the watermelon looks dull and not shiny. A shiny watermelon means it’s not ripe.
  • Lift it Up – You want to make sure it’s heavy for it’s size, which means it has a ton of water in it (what you want!!)
  • Nice Oval Shape – A uniform-shaped watermelon shows that it got the perfect amount of sunshine and water.
  • Bee Stings and White Scars – Look for these little guys. These little marks show that it’s sweet enough that even the bees were trying to get to the inside. The stings look like brown lines or dots on the melon.
  • Sweet Aroma – Scratch a bit off the green skin. You should be able to smell a sweet aroma through the rind of the melon.
  • Tendril – Most watermelons at the grocery store will not have a tendril, but if you are choosing one from a farmers market or are lucky enough to have one growing in your garden locate the curly tendril, where the melon is/was connected to the vine. The tendril should be dried out. If it still has a green stem, then the melon is not ripe.
Using the yellow spot and marks to pick a perfect watermelon.

Serving Tips

Not sure about you guys, but ripe watermelon is a must for the Fourth of July, so I’m hoping these tips will help you to pick out a good watermelon for Independence Day. 🙂

Another thing we like to do for the Fourth and during the summer is make Watermelon Juice – SOOO good! Or whip up a big fresh glass of Frozen Watermelon Smoothie.

Storing Tips

  1. An Uncut Watermelon: Keep the uncut melon at room temperature for 1-2 weeks, or in the fridge for 7-10 days. 
  2. For a Cut Watermelon: If you only sliced a portion of the melon, then tightly wrap the uncut potion with plastic wrap and store it in the fridge for 4-5 days. Cut watermelon cubes can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  3. Freeze Watermelon Chunks: You can store cut watermelon in the freezer to use in smoothies, sorbet or gazpacho. Remove the seeds from the chunks and flash freeze them. Line a pan with parchment paper and arrange the cut melon evenly over the pan. Freeze until solid, then transfer to a freezer safe container. It can keep for 3-6 months.
A ripe and juicy slice of perfectly picked watermelon.

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How to Pick Out a Good Watermelon

These super simple tips and tricks on how to pick out a good watermelon will give you a juicy and sweet melon every time!
Course Side Dish
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 watermelon
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 watermelon

Instructions
 

  • Look for the Large Yellow Spot on the underside of the watermelon – This is where the watermelon was laying in the field. Make sure it's a decent size and a nice yellow patch.
  • Give it a Good Thump – Give it a tap or knock, you want to make sure it has a hollow sound.
  • Dull Outside – You want to make sure the outside of the watermelon looks dull and not shiny. A shiny watermelon means it's not ripe.
  • Lift it Up – You want to make sure it's heavy for it's size, which means it has a ton of water in it (what you want!!)
  • Nice Oval Shape – A uniform-shaped watermelon shows that it got the perfect amount of sunshine and water.
  • Bee Stings and White Scars – Look for these little guys. These little marks show that it's sweet enough that even the bees were trying to get to the inside. The stings look like brown lines or dots on the melon.
  • Sweet Aroma – Scratch a bit off the green skin. You should be able to smell a sweet aroma through the rind of the melon.
  • Tendril – Most watermelons at the grocery store will not have a tendril, but if you are choosing one from a farmers market or are lucky enough to have one growing in your garden locate the curly tendril, where the melon is/was connected to the vine. The tendril should be dried out. If it still has a green stem, then the melon is not ripe.

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  4. Thanks for the tips! I knew to thump the watermelon and make sure it sounded hard but some of the others are new to me. 🙂 Hopefully they will be on sale this week! 🙂

  5. Did you know if you place a piece of straw (I break a piece off a straw broom) and place it across the middle of a watermelon, the sweeter and juicier the watermelon the straw will move (by itself) so it aligns vertically on top of the melon? No or little movement? Don’t bother buying it. Moves a lot? Guaranteed a winner.
    Not sure how or why it works, but it does EVERYTIME!

    1. Hmmm, unfortunately, I’m not the expert on cantaloupes. I will have to do some research and write a blog post about it. 😉

    2. Look for where the cantalope was attached to the vine. Then, smell it. If it smells sweet– it’s a keeper. If there is no smell or an off smell– pass. You should want it to smell like what you want it to taste like. That is how I buy my cantaloupes.

  6. I was raised in an Italian family, that LOVED produce, lol. I remember being with my mom at the store and she was getting a watermelon. I asked her ” How do know which one? ” she told me, ” Always try to get the most heaviest one you can get! The heavier, the most juiciest! Also, look around the melon. Sometimes there are bits of sugar drops that are like black crust on the melon. ” That’s probably where the bee stings were. Some of the watermelon juice drain out and dried up into sugary crystals. So now, when I wanna watermelon, That’s how I do it. Best of produce luck, lol. GOD bless! Chris.

  7. This is by far my favorite fruit but didn’t really knew all those tips so thanks for putting them altogether.

    1. We love watermelon at our house! Hopefully, these will help you for next time! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. My main method to check the watermelon is by knocking on it. If a specific sound pop up then the watermelon is delicious!

  9. I used to live in the Imperial Valley in California, we had 160 acres behind our house where thy used to grow watermelons. As a kid I was the designated watermelon picker. Your tips are spot on.

  10. Amazing tips! I rushed to megastore trying to find a good watermelon but I didn`t find :(. I will try to go to another one this weekend. Pinned!

  11. Your blog and your recipes are fabulous. And, I just had to tell you that my great grand-daughter is named Luna. But, granny calls her “little Lulu” 🙂

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