How To Pick The Sweetest Watermelon Every Single Time

  • Published on:  Thursday, June 29, 2017
  • It isn't summer until you've had your first watermelon of the season. Chances are though, it's been about a year since you've bought your last watermelon. Do you remember how to pick out a good one?
    Many people have no idea how to select a watermelon. They just knock on this over-sized fruit as if they know what they are doing. Although it can be difficult to know how ripe the interior is just by inspecting the outside, there are several clever tricks you can learn to help you pick the perfect watermelon.

    1.Lift a few
    The watermelon should be heavy for its size, as this indicates that it is full of water and therefore nice and ripe. Try comparing the weight of your watermelon with another of equal size - the heavier one will be the riper. This advice goes for most fruits and vegetables.

    2.Look for the field spot. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot, known as the field spot. This is where the melon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun, so the darker it is the better! This one is no wives' tale. If the field spot is white, or even nonexistent, this probably means that the watermelon was picked too soon, and will not be ripe.

    3.Inspect the color. A perfect, ripe watermelon should be dark green in color and dull in appearance, rather than shiny. A shiny watermelon will usually be under ripe.

    4.Say no to stem
    If the melon still has a stem on it, move along. This means the melon didn't come off the vine easily so it wasn't quite ripe. You could look for a melon with a slightly indented end. This indicates that the melon came off the vine on its own.

    5.What about knocking?
    knocking is pointless, however you can hold the watermelon like you're cradling a baby and give it a good thwap, you'll feel the vibrations in your bottom hand if the watermelon is right.

    6.What about selecting a pre-cut melon? If you're purchasing pre-cut watermelon, there are also certain things to look out for. Choose pieces with bright red flesh and dark brown or black seeds. Avoid pieces with white streaks and an abundance of white seeds. You should also steer clear if the flesh looks dried out or mealy, or is separating from the seeds.

    Now, What about you? Do you have any tricks to pick a perfect watermelon?
    Please share it in the comments below.

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  • CALI 2019

    CALI 2019

     14 days ago +1

    Want a sweet and juicy melons.. go see your wife

  • Berlin Saint Clair

    Berlin Saint Clair

     1 months ago

    Watermelon is my favorite! These are all great tips but I also heard and now follow one more tip I think works for finding the sweetest melons: look for the little trails of bug bite marks. It's not like the fruit is infested. They just are attracted to the sweetness. This also works with other fruits like citrus. It makes them look uglier but so far it's seemed to be a good moniker of a sweet fruit.

  • Ccheesueezs


     1 months ago

    You have to knock like you know what you are doing

  • Me Too

    Me Too

     1 months ago +1

    I know how to eat a perfect watermelon. Does that count for anything?😁

  • tricao57


     3 months ago

    I pick the ugliest one in the market.
    That is the sweetest one

  • Game Over

    Game Over

     3 months ago

    Go up to the watermelon and say Ramit emma asol

  • Hell Bound Pyro

    Hell Bound Pyro

     3 months ago

    I've always noticed the darker the color of the rind and the heavier it is, is normally the best 2 indications of a good watermelon. Darker rind but light normally indicates that the melon has a sweet flavor but isn't very juicy. Heavy but a light colored rind means that the melon will be nice and juicy but not really packing in the sweet flavor as much as a heavier darker one. The best ones have field spots are at least 18 to 22 lb with a nice hunter green rind

  • しゅがーはぁと☆


     3 months ago

    I went to Walmart the other day and every watermelon they had was light green. I picked the darkest I could find and I cut into it today and it’s probably the worst watermelon I’ve ever had. Not sweet at all.

  • Silverfire


     3 months ago +1

    This mostly FALSE.

  • Joseph Walker

    Joseph Walker

     3 months ago

    The tan ground spot, the rest having dark green skin, on some occasions you will notice little black beads on the water melon. This is a sort of 'sap' that occurs when a particular watermelon has so much developed sugar that they actually leach out of the melon and the sucrose evaporate and concentrates and thickens on the skin of the melon creating sticky little black beads of natural sugar...kinda like tree sap. If you come across this on the skin of a watermelon. BUY IT! Its the holy grail of SWEET, dense, crisp, juicy watermelon.

  • Fabian Albiar

    Fabian Albiar

     4 months ago

    Bust it on the ground

  • BornFree LiveFree

    BornFree LiveFree

     4 months ago

    my tip is which one is bigger take that one

  • Linda Demenna

    Linda Demenna

     4 months ago

    Take an old broom straw to the store and lay it cross-wise on the melon and it should start shifting on the melon, the more it swings around, the riper it is.

  • The Fixer

    The Fixer

     4 months ago


  • Jonathan Gillis

    Jonathan Gillis

     4 months ago

    Push and squeeze it a bit...the softer the better

  • Deborah Baker

    Deborah Baker

     4 months ago

    WHEW! I am never able to pick a good one! I have returned sooo many to the store, I hate even trying anymore! I kinda hover around the bins waiting for someone that looks like they know what they are doing then I ask them to pick me one... HEEE HEEE!

  • Conner's Dreaming Chocolate

    Conner's Dreaming Chocolate

     4 months ago

    Just bring a pocket knife with ya to the grocery store 🗡🍉

  • Latifa Hajar

    Latifa Hajar

     4 months ago +1

    My trick is to only buy watermelons from Costco 👍

  • Term Inator

    Term Inator

     4 months ago

    Big hint. If you look closely at the WATERMELON and you see freckles it's very ripe!!! Care to buy some swamp land?

  • Knowledge Everywhere

    Knowledge Everywhere

     4 months ago

    Good to know this tip