One of my Facebook friends lamented her lack of skills in choosing a good watermelon. She even posted a picture of her poor choice. To her credit, though, she had bought too early and the melon had probably been trucked in from Mexico.
Knowing that watermelon season would be upon us locally within a couple of weeks, I offered to give her advice when the crop was ready. That was this week. So, I will give you dear Reader the same advice
Buy locally grown melons. Or as close to home as possible. The longer it takes to get it to you from the field, the lower the quality.
Look for a white to yellow spot on the melon. That means it sat in water.
The melon should be heavy for its size and feel firm.
This is the one I bought this week that was grown about 10 miles from here. It is also organic which I prefer.
I cut up the melon as soon as I get it home and we try to have it eaten within 3 days. I also like to juice watermelon for aqua frescas or Popsicles.