The first rule for how to pick a watermelon is to select a firm, symmetrical watermelon free from any big bruises, cuts, or dents. Lumps and bumps could mean that the watermelon didn’t receive enough water or sunshine while on the vine, causing the fruit to taste dry and chalky. Did you know that a watermelon rind, one of the inedible food parts that are still surprisingly useful, can help improve circulation and relax your blood vessels?
Heavier is better
Next, pick up the watermelon and weigh it with your hands. Heavier is always better. Since a good melon is 92 percent water, a heavy one indicates that it’s nice and ripe. If you compare the weight of one watermelon with another of equal size, the heavier one will be riper.