Sunday, August 15, 2010

How to Pick a Great Watermelon--No Thumping Involved

The "sap" is either dark brown or black
Since I've started this method of watermelon selection, I think I've only chosen ONE that was not satisfactory. About 90% of the time, the watermelon is super sweet with a delicious texture. 
I don't even really thump watermelons anymore, I just look for the black spots. Yes, black spots. Sometimes very dark brown spots. 
My mom used to tell me to look for the rough brown patches on a watermelon because "that's where the bees kissed it," but I've taken it a step further. Not only do I look for brown patches, but within the brown patches I look for black sap. That's the sugar, I believe, coming out because the watermelon is so sweet. 
Try it and let me know if it works for you. Oh, and the watermelon in the pic is perfectly sweet and perfectly textured.

12 comments:

  1. After not being able to rely on my thumping technique for picking out a ripe watermelon. A very sweet wise old Mexican farmer told me about the black sap technique and I have been 100% successful in picking out the sweetest watermelon since.... Thanks to him!

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  2. Wow, Anonymous! Thanks for corroborating my theory. I knew I couldn't be the first to notice this. :)

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  3. Jills Gourmet PantryAugust 1, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    HUM, I throw 50% of them away, so happy!

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    1. Let me know if you try it and how it goes for you!

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  4. I've never seen a watermelon with brown spots or black sap on it. I've seen lots of melons, truckloads in fact. Is it a rare thing or do melons where you are at all have this? Curious because I never seem to pick a good melon but would love to. I'll watch for the spots! thanks nikki

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  5. Been using this method for years...hasn't failed me yet!

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    1. Thank you for the testimonial! Hopefully not too many people will catch on, or we won't have any of our own sweet watermelon. :)

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  6. This is great technique that has never failed me! Sweet everytime!

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  7. When I lived in Thailand I used this method but we called it been bites. Worked every time.

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  8. This method led me to the best watermelon I have ever tasted.

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    1. I'm very happy to hear that. :)

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