Pick of the Crop: A sweet, juicy watermelon will be heavy for its size and will have a creamy yellow spot on its underbelly where it sat and ripened against the ground. Thumping the watermelon may help you determine whether it is crispy or juicy so you can purchase the type you prefer. A lighter sound (similar to tapping your forehead) means that the watermelon will have a crispier texture; a deeper, hollow sound (similar to tapping your stomach) means it will be juicier.
The Name Fits: Watermelon is about 92% water which makes it not only refreshing, but hydrating too. In fact, eating watermelon is a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day so cut them into wedges, cubes or spears, then chill and pack them in your cooler for a perfectly cool snack.
Edible, Inside and Out: Every part of the watermelon is edible, from the ruby-red flesh to the rind and even seeds. Pickled watermelon rind is a great treat! Make it the same way you make pickled mango — even adding a bit of li hing mui for an extra zing!
Perfect Fruit . . . Or Veg: Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable! It’s considered a fruit because it contains seeds and grows from flowers pollinated by bees. But it is also a vegetable because it’s part of the gourd family which includes cucumbers, pumpkin and squash.
Savor the Flavor: Watermelon is best eaten within a few days after bringing it home (you can leave it on the counter if you’re not ready to cut into it right away). Extra fruit can be frozen in cubes and used in smoothies or as “ice cubes” in fruit drinks. While freezing changes the texture of watermelon’s texture dramatically, the fruit will still be tasty and flavorful.
Add Some Salt: Salt is a wonderful complement to the sweet, juicy flavor of watermelon. In fact, salty and savory flavors like feta cheese or olives go great with watermelon — and they combine to make a tasty summer salad. Be sure to try our recipe for Spiced Watermelon Cubes!