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Old 06-05-2012, 10:19 AM   #1
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I love watermelon. I have pretty bad luck in picking a good watermelon. I've tried thumping them and listening for a hollow sound. I've tried picking one that has a large yellow patch thinking it means it was on the vine a long time. I've tried picking the darkest green one I could find. Still, it's hit or miss. Fortunately, I'm on my second watermelon of the season and both have been very, very sweet and tasty. But I know soon my luck is going to run out.

I can pick a cantelope pretty well. You can smell the ripeness with those. Not so with the watermelon.

So, do tell. What is your luck in picking good watermelons and what is your technique?

Maybe grocery stores should have trained watermelon ripeness sniffing dogs for us to use.
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Honestly, not what I though it was going to be.

That said... I usually luck out and pick a good one. Can't say that for anything but fruits and veggies....
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I love watermelon. I have pretty bad luck in picking a good watermelon. I've tried thumping them and listening for a hollow sound. I've tried picking one that has a large yellow patch thinking it means it was on the vine a long time. I've tried picking the darkest green one I could find. Still, it's hit or miss. Fortunately, I'm on my second watermelon of the season and both have been very, very sweet and tasty. But I know soon my luck is going to run out.

I can pick a cantelope pretty well. You can smell the ripeness with those. Not so with the watermelon.

So, do tell. What is your luck in picking good watermelons and what is your technique?
If the underside has a dull, yellowish hue, it should be a good 'un. Stay away from melons with a shiny, ivory color on the underside.

Lessons learned spending the majority of my first 25 years on this earth in my daddy's watermelon fields in Central FL.
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My knowledge extends wholly, singularly, to an avacado. Stick a toothpick into its navel. If easy entrance item is ripe to buy and eat.
I can tell if an avacado is ripe by giving it a little squeeze. It should have just a little give but not feel mushy. I cut an avacado in half, take out the pit and spoon it out and eat it just as it is. Yum!
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Default Thumpers and noses........

As a gardner for many years I've come to understand your complaints. The first is the seed that was planted, second is the soil, third is the amount of watering. This is what really matters when the mellon begins to ripen. To much H2O and the sweetness is gone..... If you have every thing right your mellons will allways be sweet, my preference is the heirloom muskmellon. To which I screwed up and didn't continue to save the seeds from year to year. Water mellons are usually picked when the stem starts to curl and the bottom shows yellowing, cantalope and musk mellon are pick when the mellon slips from the vine........The only good part of a bad mellon is that it makes good food for the barn yard animals, esp. hogs.......
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The last bad watermelon I had I left out for the raccoons. Even they didn't eat it. And I know they came around because I leave a bowl of food and a pan of water out for them and they were into the food and water. They totally ignored the watermelon.
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Never had a bad water melon. Probably due to the alcohol infused into them. Lol
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While the watermelon is still on the vine, I place a jar of vodka under the vine right where it meets the melon. Then I pierce the vine with a needle, and work a small hole in it. It takes a while, but I work a thick piece of yarn through the vine, and let both ends dangle in the jar of vodka. In about two days, the watermelon is damn good.
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