Seedless Watermelon

How do you choose a good watermelon? There’s no magic to selecting a Watermelon, but thump away if you like – I still do. But thumping to listen for a high pitched knock instead of a dull thud is NOT a sure-fire way to select a good watermelon. It’s up to the farmers and harvesters to pick them at the right time and for stores/distributors to inspect them well – and good news – that’s been going well this season! Still, here a few things you can do to give yourself a great chance of getting a delicious Watermelon.

Here is a picnic-friendly way to slice up whole Watermelons so that you and your kids or guests have perfect finger-food portions that are less messy to eat than wide wedge slices.

Look For

  • Firm-shelled melons. The rind should be hard when you squeeze it.
  • Mostly symmetrical melons that feel heavy (watermelons are 92% water).
  • A creamy yellow spot underneath show it ripened in the sun. That’s the spot where it sat on the ground as it grew and ripened.
  • Tapping? You have to really know what you’re listening for so I can’t recommend it as a sure-fire way (even though I almost always tap melons myself).

Avoid

  • Spongy melons that give to thumb pressure is a sign of poor texture or quality inside.
  • Flat, darkly discolored spots are a sign of bruising caused the flesh to be translucent inside near that area.
  • Melons with washed-out color on the whole shell is an indicator of poor vine health.

How to Make Watermelon Sticks

Here is a picnic-friendly way to slice up whole Watermelons so that you and your kids or guests have perfect finger-food portions that are less messy to eat than wide wedge slices.

  1. Slice the whole Seedless Watermelon in half.
  2. Cut the round edges off both melon halves to make them into a block with green rind only on the bottom.
  3. Cut the block into 1” thick slabs.
  4. Slice the slabs into 1” thick sticks.

Note: Don’t throw away the scraps created by cutting out the heart of the melon into a block. Those edge pieces still should have some nice red flesh to slice off the rind for melon chunks.