Usually when we enter the bleak grey month of January, I begin counting the months until watermelon season. As a kid I could eat a whole watermelon in one day…pure watermelon joy! At family gatherings nothing was better than ice cold watermelon and seed spitting competitions with my cousins, of course Greg almost always won. He was also the master at sending me out for snipe hunts, telling me what nice loving pets they made if I caught one. All I had to do was stand in the meadow with a brown paper bag and call, “Here snipe, snipe, here snipe.” I believed him and invested some time walking around the meadow with my bag calling for my future pet.
With the season upon us, I see people at the store doing a lot of watermelon thumping. Here are three easy tips for How to Select Sweet Watermelons, and one of them is the most important tip of all.
The Three Tips
- The weight should be heavy indicating there is a large water content.
- Look for a beautiful deep green color with variations of softer greens.
- MOST IMPORTANT is the creamy yellow under spot. Not white. Not pale yellow. Creamy yellow indicates it baked in the sun and should have a wonderful sweetness. The watermelon in the photo is a perfect example, a sweet treasure found at Whole Foods a few days ago.
Of course, there is nothing better than a simple slice of cold melon. However, if you want to take it up a notch, cube some cold melon, toss with fresh squeezed lime juice and sea salt…serve…eat.