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Watermelon - your trick to picking one

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We love watermelon. Just got the first one of the season - seeded (I think seedless taste different but wife say not much different but that is another tread).

I stand around the watermelon displays and watch people try to pick one. The methods are greatly varied. What is your method for picking a good watermelon?

Do they continue to ripen/sweeten once picked?

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  1. Easy. Knock on it and if it sounds hollow it's ripe.

    1. I've read that you want to look for some oozing out of the stem end and a large white area where the melon has been resting.

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      1. re: Humbucker

        Never heard anything about the oozing part. I think I probably wouldn't pick an oozing melon.

        1. re: chicgail

          The ooze occurs because the melon is overflowing with sugar.

      2. heavy for it's size, a yellow ground-spot and if it sounds dead when rapped with knuckle you chances are pretty good.

        but this early it's really a crap shoot.

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        1. re: ScubaSteve

          SS, what does "dead" sound like? A riddle for the ages... adam

          1. re: adamshoe

            i think i'd describe it as no-echo, the opposite of hollow sounding.
            think something like a dead-blow mallett, it absorbs all impact.

        2. My local supermarkets have produce clerks, I use to ask them how to pick "the best fruit". Often, the clerks would cut pieces of fruit from the fruit we inspected.

          Last week at a supermarket, I watched a clerk cut slices from different apples. Customer wanted to know the difference in the different apples.

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          1. re: Alan408

            Which supermarket? I can get advice from my local produce guys, but the only place I can get that kind of attention is from the farmer's market.

            1. re: TampaAurora

              Two guys at a San Jose Nob Hill taught me, I have seen the produce guys at San Jose Lunardi's and recently a woman at a Redwood City Safeway giving melon tips/apple-orange tastings.

              The key is asking for help.

              1. re: Alan408

                no offense but the 17 year old that works in my local produce section can't tell broccoli from broccoli rabe.

          2. thumping it, with the hollow sound and then I smell it. I don't think I really know what I"m doing, but nevertheless, I've always bought nice watermelons. haha!

            Cantelope is easier for me, they really have a lovely musky aroma when ripe.

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              1. re: chef chicklet

                for Melons like Cantalope, Honeydew and Casaba i just shake them. if you hear sloshing around they're Very Ripe.