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Aug 4, 2011 10:20 AM

I need some decent watermelon today or tomorrow

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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  1. 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.

    1. 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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      1. re: andieb

        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...


        1. re: trueblu

          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.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

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


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

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

          1. 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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            1. re: rich patina

              Got a killer crenshaw at Arax. Their melons rock.