How to Select a Ripe Watermelon

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When you ask someone as to their method on how to select a ripe watermelon, the answers can vary. Some people swear tapping it is enough to tell how good it will taste based on the sound.  Others argue the only way to judge a great watermelon is by the uniformity and smoothness of its shape.  There is another school of thought that involves the heavier the melon, the more likely it is fully matured.  Others find the best indication of how to select a ripe watermelon is by checking the melon for a creamy white yellow section. How can you tell the best method with so many different points of view?

Actually, the answer to pick out a really tasty watermelon is more complicated than any of the above methods. The truth is there are several things that you need to look for.

The Signs of a Ripe Watermelon 

The first thing that I like to do is find one that a creamy white yellow section at the bottom.  This coloring marks how long the melon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.  This is a definite sign of a ripe watermelon.

Next, I check the shape.  You want a melon that has symmetry in its shape without any cuts or deformities like bumps to it, which can be signs of a drier watermelon that lacked getting enough water during its growth.

Make sure the melon that has met the first two criteria feels heavier than some of the others of the same size.  The heaviness is your clue to its ripeness from the weight of all the water it obtained during growing.

If you remember these three points on how to select a ripe watermelon, chances are that you’ll end up with a much better, sweeter watermelon than in the past.



  1. Clarissa Baker
    August 10, 2017 / 8:00 am

    Lovely article.. very helpful! I'm loving your blogs thank u ��

  2. ellen beck
    January 20, 2019 / 8:37 am

    Yep the creamy white color too is also a good indication there was not any ‘truck’ ripening. So many fruits and vegetables are picked barely ripe and do not taste very well. I also will thimp them . You can sometimes tell that way or by smell.

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