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How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon

close up view of four deep pink wedges of watermelon; the bright green rinds are still attached to the melon

As soon as summer arrives, we start getting daily questions about how to pick a ripe, juicy sweet watermelon. While we can’t guarantee every watermelon will be perfect, look for these signs to increase your odds.

  • Dull finish (shine indicates an unripe melon)
  • Deep, hollow sound when you knock on it
  • Large, creamy yellow spot on the bottom
  • Consistent, deep green and pale-yellow stripe pattern
  • Heavy and, if seedless, round rather than oval

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