How to select the best watermelons? Food bloggerEmma Christensen recently offered some advice.
When you examine watermelons in the producesection of your local grocery, you want to look forthe heaviest one for its size.
The denser the fruit, the more juice it has. That'swhen it's at its most ripe.
Next, check the underside of the watermelon for the "splotch". That's the yellow patch thewatermelon develops by resting on the ground. If it's a creamy yellow, it's also a goodindicator of being ripe.
Finally, give the underside a little smack - not aggressive enough to draw attention fromgrocery workers, but enough so that you can determine whether the watermelon soundshollow.
If it does, that's good. If it sounds dull, like you're hitting a solid brick of material, it's overripe; put the watermelon down and slowly back away from it.
If you're not confident in your watermelon evaluation abilities, there's another option: Youcan ask the merchant to pick one out for you. Pay attention to what he's doing and then try toemulate it the next time you're forced to choose your own produce.