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Posted: 7/19/2010 1:22:40 PM EDT
I don't know if I posted this before, but I was taught this way by my dad who was an old country boy.

You pluck the melon with your finger and if it sounds "dead" it's a good one.  The good ones will have a dead thud when plucked.  Should be tender, red and dripping with sweetness inside.

If you pluck it and you get a "booiing" sound, or reverberation, it's not ripe yet.

I always get the most delicious and juicy melons this way.


ETA - If you want to find the best canteloupe or honey dew, you smell the hole.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:31:12 PM EDT
[#1]
I was told to look at the yellow patch. The larger it is, the longer the watermelon has been sitting on the ground, which means the riper it is...
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:32:39 PM EDT
[#2]
you can also float it in a tub full of water. sink = not ready, float = ready
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:34:30 PM EDT
[#3]
thump it

if it sounds dead it is GTG

I hate watermelon but grow them cause the wife and chilluns love them
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:36:02 PM EDT
[#4]
Quoted:
I was told to look at the yellow patch. The larger it is, the longer the watermelon has been sitting on the ground, which means the riper it is...


I notice the yellow patch correlation as well.  That's a good way to do an initial cull and get to thumping to find the best among those.

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:42:55 PM EDT
[#5]

ETA - If you want to find the best canteloupe or honey dew, you smell
the hole.




True of many things.  
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:45:43 PM EDT
[#6]
Quoted:
ETA - If you want to find the best canteloupe or honey dew, you smell the hole.


True of many things.  


Yeah but with a cantaloupe, you're looking for the stronger smelling ones...

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:49:50 PM EDT
[#7]
Also look at the stem, it should be green and moist when you pinch it, if it's dried and shriveled up it's been picked a long time.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:50:05 PM EDT
[#8]
The seedless watermelon have no taste.
God Damn hybrid shit.

We try and use the patchs where the bee's have get the juices as a guide.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:51:31 PM EDT
[#9]
This is my very first one, so.......Dupe!!!!!

I asked the exact same thing not too long ago.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:56:26 PM EDT
[#10]
Also Georgia melons are the best.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 1:56:54 PM EDT
[#11]
you can bring your watermelon home in this
http://www.ar15.com/forums/topic.html?b=1&f=5&t=1067738
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:02:22 PM EDT
[#12]



Quoted:


Also Georgia melons are the best.


You're prolly right, watermelons out west suck imo. When I was in Korea, 100% without fail - the sweetest watermelons I've ever had. 20 bucks a pop tho.

 


Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:30:50 PM EDT
[#13]
Look for a dead stem––never fails.  Means it was not picked early
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:43:01 PM EDT
[#14]
Good stuff begins at 2:30

Cliff notes:

* Thumping doesn't work
* Melons don't ripen
* Smelling only works on musk melons near the stem end
* The ground spot (a patch of discoloration on the melon) should have a yellowish tint to it, a white spot means the melon's immature
* The melon itself should be heavy for its size
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:44:21 PM EDT
[#15]



Quoted:


you can also float it in a tub full of water. sink = not ready, float = ready


I guess that is easy if your produce section is in a swimming pool.



 
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:46:09 PM EDT
[#16]
IBTL
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 2:46:28 PM EDT
[#17]
If you thump it and it splits, its a good one. The problem is that you probably have to eat it right there.

I've picked watermelons as a summer job and one that splits right there is the best tasting watermelon you will ever have.




Otherwise, bigger is generally better.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:20:10 PM EDT
[#18]
Black diamond water melons rule
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:29:43 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:35:29 PM EDT
[#20]


I was gonna post the same thing...  Local hero from this area back in the day...  Actually I could go for some watermelon right now....  
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:38:33 PM EDT
[#21]
Quoted:
Black diamond water melons rule


I've got a bunch in the garden right now, along with Charleston Gray's. I think dad picked 15 or so out of his garden today....

I don't even eat watermelon.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:40:20 PM EDT
[#22]
A reply to this is so tempting, but I'd get in trouble with the mods if I posted...
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:54:43 PM EDT
[#23]
Youtube - search "woman crushes watermelon".



Not safe for ARFcom, but sooooo pertinent to this thread.
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