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How to buy a watermelon

Updated on September 12, 2008

Watermelon and health

Who would miss out on tasting a ripe juicy crunchy cool slice of watermelon in summer? In addition to being delicious, a watermelon has many health benefits. It reduces the risk of developing kidney stones and reduces the risk of several cancers. Its high water content makes it the perfect fruit for summer.

Watermelon and viagra relation

A recent study indicates that watermelons contain citruline that relaxes the body's blood vessels which is the same effect that Viagra provides. Researchers say Watermelon is not as organ-specific as viagara but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects. Note that you would need at least 6 cups of watermelon to get this effect. For more details, read this article on watermelon and viagra on the "Time" site.

Watermelon slice for health
Watermelon slice for health

Picking a ripe watermelon

Watermelons come in different sizes and shapes and weigh from 5 to 100 pounds. It is disappointng when you find out the watermelon you bought from the grocery store is unripe after spending all the time shopping and cutting that huge melon.

It is easy to buy a ripe watermelon if you are buying a melon that is already cut. Just make sure that the flesh is red and looks hard and crunchy.

It is tricky to pick a good watermelon if you are buying the whole fruit. Here are some tips you can use when you are selecting your watermelon at a supermarket.

1. mid-june to mid-August is the best time to buy watermelons. July is when the watermelons are at their ripest stage. Do not miss out on tasting watermelons in July.

2. Choose the biggest one possible.

3. Make sure the watermelon does not have any cuts,bruises, dents or soft spots..

4. Make sure there is a yellow spot on the watermelon. This is where the watermelon was sitting under the sun. If this spot is white or green, the watermelon is not ripe yet.

5. Don't forget watermelons are 80% water. So, pick the one that feels heavy for its size.

6. Knock on the melon with your knuckle. If it sounds hollow (by giving off a slight echo), it is ripe.

7. I like to eat them when they are slightly chilled that is when they taste best.

Go and buy a watermelon right now. Enjoy this summer with lots of watermelon in your diet!

Before consuimg, clean the whole watermelon by washing it in the sink with water and dry it with a clean towel. Cut it into small triangles, if you prefer.

Store uncut watermelon at room temperature to preserve freshness. It will stay freshand sweet for up to two weeks. In hot weather, use it within a week.

If the watermelon is cut into small pieces, refrigerate them in an airtight container, or wrap loosely with plastic. Consume within two days.

Watermelon eating contest

Square watermelon
Square watermelon


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    • seanraj profile image

      seanraj 9 years ago from United States of America


      Thanks for sharing your memories. Great tip. I love watermelons...what a delicious way to get water into our body.

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      talford 9 years ago from U.S.A.


      This hub brings back memories of my Grandfathers farm. He always had a watermelon stand. Back then we would plug the watermelon and let the buyer see the inside was ripe. You can also tell a watermelon is ripe if the vine that connected the melon to the plant is brown. That is a good sign it is ripe.

      I think they would throw me out of the grocery store if I tried that today. LOL


      Good hub.

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      seanraj 9 years ago from United States of America


      Thank you for visiting my hub and for sharing the tip. I will remember that. I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

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      charkamman 9 years ago from portugal

      amazing pictures :-)

      Tip: when you put your link out, remember NOT to inlcude the "." at the end.. I had to look for your hubpage! The trick: put a space between your last word and the dot - must be a hubpage glitch!

      Congrats on the nice info and hub, and tnx for visiting my .

       Keep going and keep me posted about your new hubs!



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      jim10 9 years ago from ma

      I am always impressed by the shaped watermelons. I have also seen pumpkins in the shape of faces using metal masks for that trick.

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      seanraj 9 years ago from United States of America

      Thanks for visiting, Hassam. Glad you liked my hub.

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      hassam 9 years ago from Pakistan

      Nice hub with some nice tips