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a little help for watermelon

my out of season watermelon (sample in store was great) is lacking sweetness and flavor. Any tricks/tips for for a simple fix?

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  1. adding a little salt can help....
    but it's hard to do much when the taste of it is not good....

    1. Get it ice cold, spend all day peering through dense wood smoke at ribs or pork shoulder while drinking many beers. Sit in the back yard and eat watermelon for dessert.

      1. Life is too short for that. Take it back to the store and see if you have better luck the second time. Even if you have to buy a second watermelon...do it..... but complain.

        1. Do you know what to look for in a ripe watermelon?

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          1. re: 1POINT21GW

            I need help with this. What do I look for

            1. re: sunangelmb

              Press on the end where the melon has been detached from the stem. There should be some give there-if it's rock hard, pass.

            2. re: 1POINT21GW

              Look for a yellow spot, which marks where the melon has been lying on the ground to ripen. Uniformly colored melons are pretty, but picked too soon.

              And I vote for the various agua fresca ideas.

            3. This is why it's a good idea to wait until it's in season.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                They are in season in some parts of the country.