Foodie Fridays: How To Select the Perfect One…

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2016 at 8:36 am

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Watermelon Poem He-Knows-What-The-Angels-Eat.-»-Mark-Twain

I’m not talking about men, ladies!

Have you ever seen that viral video going around of the hippo eating the watermelons? I can totally relate to loving this fruit too. it screams everything SUMMER, BBQ’s and COOL REFRESHMENT. I know! I know! I’m a black woman and I wont be shamed because I LOVE watermelon. For the record…many others of all races like it too.  Over the years of asking the produce man, watching my mother at the market and from doing my own research, I have learned a few tricks to choosing the perfect watermelon and I want to share these tips with you.

There are a few things to look for when you are choosing a watermelon.

  1. Shape- Look for a watermelon with a pretty good oval shape. Like anything made by Mother Nature no watermelon is perfectly shaped, however there are some that are pretty close and there are some with some pretty crazy shapes to them…you try those at your own risk!  I say, stick with the ones with that good oval-ish shape.


A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

A Perfect Oval Shaped Watermelon

2.  Yellow Spot– Find one with a relatively large yellow spot on the bottom of the watermelon. This spot is where the watermelon has rested on the ground while it grows. You want this spot to be a good, creamy yellow. This can be hard sometimes, but there are always a few in every bin!

You want these imperfections! Trust me.

You want these imperfections! Trust me

3. Small Scratches– You want your watermelon to have small scratches on it. I’m not talking large scars, I am talking about small scars from bugs trying to scratch at them because the watermelon is nice and sweet. As much as I hate them, I have to trust the bugs! They have the nose for the sweet watermelon we want.

4. DIG! – Don’t be hasty ad pick the first one you see that seems to be “good enough”.  Pick up a few promising watermelons and don’t be shy to dig through the bin. Some people use the knocking technique, but I don’t have a clue to know what I am looking to hear so I don’t bother with it.

Once you have your perfectly scratched and yellow spotted watermelon home, try some new ways of enjoying them. Check out my post on Infusing Fruit…watermelon is an excellent vehicle for absorbing flavor. Here are a few ideas I think you might like too!