How to Pick the Perfect Watermelon

How do you know when a melon is just right? Look for the Melon 1 label, of course!

The juiciest, ripest melons feel heavy in your hands, have a yellow belly, and sound hollow when you thump them.

Find the best in the bunch:

  • Choose firm, symmetrical watermelons
  • No soft spots or bruises
  • No cracks or mold
  • Dull rind (not shiny)
  • Dried stem
  • Buttery yellow underside
  • Has a “melon” scent
  • Sounds dull and hollow when thumped
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Go Beyond the Picnic!

What can you do with a watermelon? Just about anything!
Keep it simple and add chunks of sweet watermelon to a salad, salsa, or cool drink. Blend a ripe Melon 1 watermelon into sherbet or sorbet, toss it on the grill (really!) or dip it in chocolate sauce. The possibilities are endless!

What’s our favorite?

Chunks of sweet, juicy watermelon with just a dash of salt. Bon appétit!

Washing watermelon under a sink

Storing your Watermelon

  • Watermelons can be kept for up to 2 weeks uncut at room temperature.
  • Wash your watermelon with soap and water before cutting.
  • Store cut watermelon in closed plastic containers or bags and keep refrigerated for 3-5 days.
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Who is Melon 1?

As the largest watermelon grower, packer, and shipper in the U.S., we’re proud to deliver the highest quality, most delicious melons from our farmers to your favorite stores.

Watermelon for your Health!

Watermelon is not only delicious and sweet; it’s really good for you, too!

Did you know?
Watermelon contains more Lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable, delivering powerful antioxidants in every bite.

Young girl eating a slice of watermelon
Sliced watermelon

Watermelon is a great source of:

Vitamin A: gives your body an immunity boost and promotes eye health.

Vitamin B6: helps your body make disease-fighting antibodies, helps maintain normal nerve function, and forms red blood cells to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need!

Vitamin C: important for fighting infections and viruses and protecting your body from harmful free radicals.

Nutritionists have promoted watermelon’s health benefits for decades because it provides important vitamins and minerals essential for a healthy diet.


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