Ever walk up to a watermelon display and ask yourself, “Which one of these is a good one?" We know many of our guests have that question, which is why we've tapped our Produce Department experts to explain how to best pick a ripe one. While this process isn't an exact science, here are five tips to help you:
- Look for a symmetrical watermelon that is heavy for its size.
- Look at the bottom of the melon, where it sat on the soil while growing. A yellow or creamy underside indicates ripeness. If this area is white or pale green, it isn’t ripe yet.
- Scratch the surface of a watermelon with your fingernail. A greenish-white color beneath the outermost layer of the rind signifies a ripe watermelon.
- Remember that watermelons, unlike other melons, do not continue to ripen once they have been picked.
- Be on the lookout for firm, juicy, deep-colored flesh. Avoid flesh with white streaks or a reddish-tan color, or one that is either too dry or watery.