I craved watermelon (and nachos) more than anything else when I was pregnant with Titus (now 6.) There was even a time when I was in the third trimester that I woke up at about 3 a.m. and had to have watermelon. NOW. Instead of taking the time to cut it up, I just whacked the top off with a knife and brought it back in bed with me with a spoon. Just picture a HUGE pregnant belly with a HUGE (almost whole) watermelon and a HUGE spoon. To this day that was the best watermelon I've ever had. As you can guess I LOVE watermelon and so does little Titus. (Is there truth to kids growing up to love what their mamas ate when they were pregnant?) I don’t know that there is a more "summertime" healthy treat than a sweet cold watermelon.

I am one that always struggles with finding a good one though. Cutting open a big watermelon just to have it taste bland or squishy (overripe) is enough to almost ruin my day. Plus you are stuck with a big heavy yucky hunk of fruit in your garbage. I figured I can't be the only one that struggles with this so I’m helping out with this list of 3 things to look for when getting a perfect watermelon. Thanks to MSN Today for sharing these gems:

  • A whole watermelon should be hard and firm, with no soft spots or cracks. Weight is a sign that there’s a lot of water inside and the fruit will be juicy, so look for watermelons that are heavy for their size.
  • If you knock on the underside of a ripe watermelon, it should sound hollow; under-ripe and over-ripe melons tend to sound dull.
  • A creamy yellow spot on the watermelon is a good sign of ripeness. It’s called the "field spot" and it's where the melon was resting on the ground. Darker field spots usually mean the melon spent more time ripening on the vine, while a white or non-existent field spot typically means under-ripe fruit.
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I tried this method out with Titus yesterday. We searched for the biggest brightest yellow spot and then checked the weight and knocked on it to make sure it sounded hollow. To be honest, t is one of the best watermelons I have ever found. Sweet. Juicy. Delicious.

I should have snapped a picture because Titus had it dripping down his face with a big smile. Happy watermelon hunting 😊