Despite their bulk and heft, here’s no question about it: buying a watermelon is totally worthwhile—that is, if you pick the best one. After all, choosing the wrong one could result in an unnecessary schlep, or worse, a slice that’s pale, bland and more akin to a cucumber than everyone’s favorite summer treat

So how do you pick a watermelon that’s perfectly ripe, crisp and sweet? Turns out there’s a (nearly) foolproof method, according to a spokesperson at, an Orlando, Florida-based non-profit that represents U.S.-based watermelon growers, shippers and importers.

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