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How to choose a ripe watermelon
Watermelon Slices
Photo: Devon Knight/Tasting Table

Crispy, juicy and sweet: There’s nothing like ripe watermelon. (Seriously, is there anything that even comes close to this fruit’s unique taste and texture?) So instead of wasting your time with a subpar watermelon, make sure you know how to pick a good one.

① Check the watermelon’s rind. You want it nice and green, and free of bruises or dents.

② Feel how heavy it is. The heavier it is, the juicier it is.

③ Hold it up to your ear and knock on it. If it sounds hollow, you’ve found a ripe one.

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If you need a visual, watch the video above and never settle for a bad watermelon again.

Now that you know how to pick a good one, try some of these great watermelon recipes:

Watermelon Lemonade
Boozy Watermelon-Lime-Mint Pops
Tomato Salad with Watermelon, Ricotta and Raspberries

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