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I need some decent watermelon today or tomorrow

Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 10:20 AM

I can't find any red watermelon. I usually shop at Russo's but theirs looked so pale and anemic, as did the local supermarkets. They emit no scent at all so they are probably tasteless.

I'm making a watermelon and feta salad on Saturday for a bbq and don't want to show up with pale melon. Prefer pre-cut so I can see it, don't want to risk buying a whole one.

Has anyone seen any good watermelon in the Watertown area?

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    emannths RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 10:24 AM

    I bought a good (whole) one at Market Basket a couple weeks ago. They have it in quarters, I believe for $0.39/lb this week.

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      andieb RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 10:44 AM

      you're right, anemic is a good description. no decent watermelon this season that I've found. you may have to rethink your plans ;(

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        trueblu RE: andieb Aug 4, 2011 10:50 AM

        I've found decent watermelons all over the place, but a few more misses than usual. I never buy cut watermelon, so always take my chances...

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          Bob Dobalina RE: trueblu Aug 4, 2011 11:10 AM

          Right. Same here - hit or miss. Usually try to find the ones with the biggest "bald" spot which I think indicates longer time on the vine in the field. If it has a sturdy but slightly drum-like thunk sound, it's usually decent.

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            trueblu RE: Bob Dobalina Aug 4, 2011 11:21 AM

            yep, bald spot, thud and smell: if all three are looking good, it's rare to have a complete dud.

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        will007 RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 11:14 AM

        Wilson's Farm in Lexington near the Belmont line. Everything here is great.

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          CookieLee RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 11:51 AM

          I got a great cut piece at the Whole Foods in Brighton. Bright, firm and sweet.

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            rich patina RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 12:09 PM

            ive set a personal record for watermelon consumption this year- cant get enough of it- havent found much correlation between color and sweetness- better luck with full size melons vs "personal" size- just had a killer cantalope too- all from market basket.

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              Bob Dobalina RE: rich patina Aug 4, 2011 01:18 PM

              Got a killer crenshaw at Arax. Their melons rock.

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              stomachofsteel RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 01:21 PM

              Trust your instincts on that Russo's watermelon -- I recently bought a whole one there that was so bad I had to throw it out -- and I NEVER throw food out.

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                Bob Dobalina RE: stomachofsteel Aug 5, 2011 06:47 AM

                Curious to know how it was bad. Felt that way about one recently, but it was also partly my fault for leaving it on the counter for two days in the heat.

                Also, considered bringing mine back - ever try that there?

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                  stomachofsteel RE: Bob Dobalina Aug 5, 2011 07:25 AM

                  Almost no flavor at all. I'll eat bland watermelon, but this was just beyond bland. I did leave it on the counter for a couple of days, so maybe that's my fault. Do they get blander if you leave them out? It seems like it would go the other way.

                  Anyway, I took it on vacation and didn't cut into it until I was out of town, so taking it back wasn't really an option. I may have tried otherwise, though I've never returned anything to Russo's before.

              2. Jpan99 RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 02:11 PM

                Thanks for all the tips. I'll swing by Whole Foods and Wilsons, those are the two closest to me. Hopefully I can find something red and sweet.

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                  Bellachefa RE: Jpan99 Aug 4, 2011 04:01 PM

                  In all my life I have never had a bad watermelon until this year. Bought a round one and left it on the counter in an airconditioned kitchen. The next day it EXPLODED. I'd never heard or witnessed such a thing. Admittedly, I usually by a half or 1/4 oblong cut piece. I could see a whole melon exploding out in the fields during a heat wave, but in a cool kitchen with no one messing with it?

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                    catsmeow RE: Jpan99 Aug 5, 2011 06:55 AM

                    I've got to agree with the Whole Foods rec. I got one at Star Mkt that was horrible...threw it out. I've gotten 2 at Whole Foods in the last week that have been really good.

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                      momoftwo RE: catsmeow Aug 5, 2011 08:32 AM

                      good luck with Market Basket whole watermelons. 4.99 each

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                        emannths RE: momoftwo Aug 5, 2011 08:42 AM

                        Yeah, the one I got a couple weeks ago from MB was excellent. The watermelon quarters are only $0.39/lb this week, which means you're only paying a very small premium to get a peek at what you're buying (only $1 more for a 15lb watermelon).

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