How do you choose a watermelon?

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You often see people in the store or at the farm stand slapping, thumping or knocking on a watermelon. While some people swear by their methods for choosing the best, sweetest, ripest watermelon, most are not based on reliable science.

To choose a watermelon that has been allowed to ripen on the vine, which presumably means it will be sweeter and juicier, look for one with a dark brown “field spot” on the rind.

For more watermelon recipes and tips, see 7 Ways with Watermelon and Superfood: Health Benefits of Watermelon

Marge Perry
Aug, 2012
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