Watermelon tips and hints

Yes, it’s that time again when I read up on all of the tips and hints that I’m aware of, and pass them off to you. This time, watermelon!

  • Choose melons with no soft spots, and has a hollow sound when thumped.
  • When comparing two watermelons of the same size, take the heavier of the two (more flesh on the inside)
  • A dull sheen to the rind is more desirable than a shiny one.
  • If you can hear the seeds rattle on the inside when you shake the melon, it is probably over ripe.
  • A watermelon with a pale bottom means that it was grown on the vine, rather than picked immaturely and then ripened during transport.
  • A whole watermelon can be stored refrigerated for one week, or four days in a cool, dark, unrefrigerated place.
  • Cut water melon should be wrapped in plastic wrap and then stored in the refrigerator for no more than three days.
  • Watermelon seeds are edible. In fact in some areas of the world, they are roasted and served.
  • It’s best to buy watermelons whole, as when exposed to light it is said that they start to nutritionally break down.
  • The darker the seeds of a watermelon the less immature and more sweet the watermelon will be.
  • Watermelon is best served cold, rather than room temperature.
  • Watermelon is 92% water.
  • Watermelon is a good base for many fruit salads, as it provide subtle contrast with fruits that have stronger flavors.
  • Rum and watermelon is a partnering of food that should not be missed.

As always, if you have your own, or seek clarification on any of the above, speak up in the comments.