How to Pick A Good Watermelon

How to Pick Out a Good Watermelon. These super simple tips and tricks will give you a 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 BBQ!

a perfectly picked slice of ripe watermelon

Who doesn’t love watermelon?!

In the summer time, 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 a good 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 good 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, here are some tips for cutting it!

Delicious, Red and Juicy!! That’s how a watermelon should be, and if you follow these tips it should help in picking out a sweet melon. ๐Ÿ˜‰

A whole watermelon picked with simple tips and tricks


Keep these tips in mind while picking out your melon…

  • Look for the Large Yellow Spot – This is where the watermelon was laying in the field. Make sure it’s a decent size and is yellow.
  • Give it a Good Thump – You want to make sure it sounds hollow.
  • 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.
Using the yellow spot and marks to pick a perfect watermelon

Serving Tips

Not sure about you guys but 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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

a ripe and juicy slice of perfectly picked watermelon

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  1. Thanks for the tips! I always send the hubs to pick out a watermelon, he knows how to pick em’! I’m terrible at it!! Pinned!

  2. Thank you for the tips! I knew about some and have used many of them but I am really going to use a lot of the other ones! Watermelon is my favorite thing too! It’s actually the best part of summer in my book!

  3. Thanks for the tips. I knew only half of them – the yellow spot, thunking it and the heaviness of the melon. Now I know to get dull vs shiney and to WANT the dings and lines. Great info.

    Tavette – S. Fla.

  4. I have always wanted more information about picking a good melon out! I love finding the bee stings! I have found some that look like trail marks on it…and they are black and stick up a little (like a scab). Those are the BEST melons! They are hard to come by!
    Thanks for helping me understand how to get a good melon!

  5. Great tips! I usually get lucky by just thumping, but the last one I got was bad. I had no ideas those marks were from the bees trying to get in. I’m going to use these tips when I get one this weekend. Thanks so much for the help!

  6. I’ve always had a hard time picking good melons. Thanks so much for these tips. Now if you could only tell the secrets to picking a good cantaloupe/honeydew!

  7. Why would s bee sting a growing fruit? Can they get something out? Don’t bees die when they sting?

  8. Awesome info – thanks! I new about some of these and can usually pick a good one, but some I’ve never heard before so I’ll definitely be using those tips! Oh, and I’m gonna have to try that watermelon juice!


  9. Great tips! I’ll be keeping these in mind this week. Watermelon is on sale for less than $4. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It worked! I used your tips (and examined probably a dozen or more watermelons) and the watermelon was the best one I’ve had this season! ๐Ÿ™‚ Sharing this tip with my fans on Facebook!

      1. YAY!! I LOVE hearing this!! We did the same thing for yesterday’s melon and it was the sweetest and juiciest one we’ve had too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Great useful info! My mom’s tried and true way has to do with where the stem connected to the melon. If it’s flush or rounded, as opposed to concave, then it’s a good one! I’ve started using that and she’s right! I’ll probably add some of these to hone in the process! Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. That’s a great tip – never heard of it before but will try it this week with the other tips. Thanks!!

  11. I love this post! I’m always so uncertain when it comes to picking watermelons! I can’t wait to give these tips a try!

  12. I always pick the watermelons for our family (raised on a farm, I knew all these tips). But if my husband has to for reason, I always tell him to get the ugliest one! Lol. He does pretty good with just that tip!

  13. Ok so I’ve heard of a few of these but the bee sting one is new! And I never thought to pay attention to the shape. I just bought a watermelon the other day and it was awful! Now I guess I need to go try again!!

  14. In the UK we get these little round things in the shops that are called watermelons, they are lovely, sweet, juicy and delicious. When I was about 22 I first visited the US and realised that we are not getting the same watermelons that you all do. Yours are MASSIVE! I seriously couldn’t believe my eyes, I didn’t believe they were the same thing – we had to buy one and cut it up just to make sure (it was) Some 20+ years later I still think of it every time I am in the supermarket and see our slightly pathetic looking watermelons, I have serious US watermelon envy!
    Great tips btw – I’m sure they translate to our puny watermelons too.

  15. Great tips! thanks for the post, I had no idea how to shop for the good watermelons. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party on IT’S A ginger SNAP.

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  19. 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. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hopefully they will be on sale this week! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

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