How to Pick the Ripest Watermelon Every Single Time

What you do:

  • Resist the urge to lift up the watermelon and shake it
  • Search the rind of the watermelon for the ground spot (where it touched the ground when it grew)
  • See the patch is a cream or yellow color
    • If the watermelon’s patch is green or white, it is not ripe
  • Purchase the watermelon
  • Eat a perfectly ripe watermelon


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Nothing tastes like summer quite as much as a fresh slice of watermelon. But when you try to pick out a ripe one, it’s basically a guessing game. Not if you know this super-easy trick.

What you do: The next time you go to grab a watermelon at the farmers’ market, resist the urge to lift it up and shake it. Instead, search the rind for the ground spot (aka the area where the melon touched the ground as it grew). If the patch is a cream or yellow tone, the watermelon is ripe. If it’s light green or white, it’s not.

But that’s so simple. Now all you have to worry about is how to carry it home.


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