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5 tips to picking a ripe watermelon



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:

  1. Look for a symmetrical watermelon that is heavy for its size.
  2. 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.
  3. Scratch the surface of a watermelon with your fingernail.  A greenish-white color beneath the outermost layer of the rind signifies a ripe watermelon.
  4. Remember that watermelons, unlike other melons, do not continue to ripen once they have been picked.
  5. 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.

Or … just ask one of our super helpful produce associates! They’ll gladly cut a watermelon in half for you to see the inside. If it doesn’t look ripe, we can try another melon. Or if it does look ripe, we can wrap the two halves back together for you to take through the register at no extra charge. In fact, this is probably the only absolutely certain way to tell if a melon is ripe or not.

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