Kelly Head — So, I’m at Sam’s Club knocking and tapping on the watermelons. I’m not sure what I’m even listening for, but somehow it seems like it’s what I’m supposed to do. I decide that I’ve struck gold, and tell my husband which one to huff into the cart. The greenest one, probably. That was when Mr. Direct TV sales guy comes over, “You wanna know how to choose the best one?” I quickly look him over surmising he wants to sell me something. My my mind searches for answers – does he work at Sam’s? Not directly. Is he related to the guy selling the human hydroponic water last week who practically assaulted me looking for a sale? Possibly. But, being pretty seriously in love with sweet watermelon, I said, “Yes, I actually would love to know how to choose the right watermelon.”
He very quickly explains to me something about a yellow spot and them all getting picked together…. I’m not following, but he bottom lines it for me and says that if they have a yellow spot, they are extra sweet. I can work with that. He speeds off mumbling, “I used to farm watermelons.” Shouldn’t he maybe have led with that,” I think?
He didn’t try the old pivot to merchandise trick, so I figured he was telling the truth. So, I did what any sensible person who is able to admit that perhaps their tapping method needs some work would do. I bought one with a big yellow spot! I got it home and just had to cut into it. And guess what, it is fantabulous! So, I just had to share the little “secret.” Upon a little more research I found out that the good folks at whataboutwatermelon.com have some tips on finding the best watermelon which are listed below. They actually mention the yellow spot! Yay – we might be onto something!
Tips for finding the best watermelon at the grocery store:
1. LOOK – Your watermelon should be firm, symmetrical and free of major bruises or scars. Some minor scratches are okay, however. After all, the purpose of that thick rind is to protect the delicious contents inside. Ripe watermelons should also be dark green in color.
2. LIFT – The ripest watermelons have the most water. And since watermelons are 92 percent water, your watermelon should be relatively heavy for its size.
3. TURN – Turn your watermelon over and check out its bottom, which should have a creamy yellow spot (also called “the ground spot”). This is where the watermelon sat on the ground while it soaked up the sun at the farm. If this spot is white or greenish, your watermelon may have been picked too soon and might not be as ripe as it should be.
They also say that the bongo drum approach to finding a watermelon is pretty much undecided. Though, they may have a hard time telling that to all the grandmas I know. Just sayin’.
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