Think of your best and worst watermelon experiences. My watermelon memories go something like this:
The Good: Dark red, sweet juicy fruit served ice cold. Even as a kid, this treat was as delicious and desirable as candy.
The Bad: Pale pink, flavorless fruit, veined with stringy white pith and pebbled with dark seeds, sitting for too long on an anonymous "all you can hold down" buffet line in a casino town.
At its best, watermelon is worth going out of your way for. Especially since as "mature and responsible" adults, we should attempt to keep candy eating to a minimum. At its worst... well, what can you expect from an "all you can hold down buffet" anyway?
Tips for Choosing the Best Watermelon
There's an art to choosing the best watermelon that makes all the difference in the world. The National Watermelon Promotion Board offers these three easy tips for choosing a great watermelon.
- Choose a firm, symmetrical fruit that is free of bruises, cuts and dents.
- Before you buy, pick up your melon. The heavier it feels, the better -- a good watermelon is 92% water, which makes up most of its weight.
- On the underside of the watermelon there should be a creamy yellow spot
from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
Contrary to popular belief eating watermelon seeds does not cause a watermelon to grow in your stomach. Actually, in some cultures it is popular to bake the seeds and then eat them.
Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.
To De-Seed a Watermelon:
- Cut watermelon in half, then in quarters.
- Cut through the flesh of the melon along the seed line with a pairing knife. Now, lift off the piece of the melon you just cut.
- Using a fork, scrape the seeds from the piece you just removed and the remaining flesh on the rind.
Easy photo instructions show you how to cut and serve watermelon in wedges or chunks.
Learn how to turn an ordinary watermelon into an edible work of art. Yes, Virginia, you too can carve a watermelon!
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According to the FDA, you should wash all fruits and vegetables including all melons in clean, running water before eating them. This is true of all fruits and vegetables, rinds or not. You should also use clean knives and cutting surfaces. Additionally, persons preparing melons, fruits, vegetables or other foodstuffs should thoroughly was their hands with soap and water prior to preparing the food for eating.