How To Pick a Melon

If you haven’t noticed by now, it’s summer, thus melons of all shapes, colors and sizes are rolling in everyday. Last weekend was the Carytown Watermelon Festival where we whipped up a wonderful watermelon gazpacho as well as a watermelon and cucumber salad that sold out by the end of the day. But with all these melons floating around, how do you know which one is ready to eat NOW!? Right when you want it the most. How do you know when it’s peak sweetness is and when every bite is going to send you craving for more? Click to find out! First of all, let us tell you that watermelon is loaded with lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant.  Lycopene is a very potent antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Watermelon is not only great on a hot summer day, this delectable thirst-quencher may also help quench the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

First of all, it’s all about the thump and the sound you get from that thump. You’re looking for a good deep sound, but don’t think the sound of a gong here, think the sound of a hollow tree in an empty forrest. Some people run their fingernail down the length of the melon and if any rind comes up into the nail, the melon is perfect. But if you’re still curious, take a look at this great video from the NYTimes for a little more insight on the art of melon choosing.