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Jun 30, 2008 04:02 AM


Is it watermelon season yet? Not those round green things about the size of soccer balls, but big, traditional, football-shaped watermelons. A friend was looking for one or two for a party this weekend and couldn't find one. She tried Safeway, Giant, and the Falls Church farmer's market. She's too frazzled to go more than a few miles from Falls Church, so don't suggest Wegman's or Eastern Market. I suggested Trader Joe's (which she was going to try) but she hates Whole Foods so much that she won't shop there no matter what.

What they tell her is "Nobody wants those any more." I hear that a lot lately, not just about food (mostly about computer parts - and yes, I'm still dreaming of boxes of Aunt Jemima buckwheat pancake mix on the shelves).

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  1. Hanh ah Reum in Merrifield probably has them (Super H in Fairfax did this weekend). Great Wall might be a good place to look as well.

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    1. re: Lori D

      I would expect those places to have the round Asian (usually seedless) melons, not the American seed-spittin, juice runnin' down your chin type melons.

      1. re: MikeR

        I went to Super H this weekend and saw the round and football-shaped ones.

        I usually see both types in the one in Merrifield, although I haven't been in a couple of weeks so can't guarantee what they have.

        The Korean stores have a wide variety of produce, not just Asian types.

    2. Have you tried Costco? Figure they have large sizes of everything else for a picnic.

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      1. re: MrsWheatie

        Costco just has the seedless ones. Not a bad price, but not what he's looking for, I think. I would try Magruders.

      2. I've gotten them at Trader Joe's and Costco. But, both in Springfield so I don't know about farther north.

        1. Bit off topic.but I was at Wegmans today and saw ,for the first time, Watermelon Hearts..a bout a 42 ounce package of pre sliced watermelon for(gulp) $7.99
          I passed!