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Old 08-11-2017, 01:32 PM   #1
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Was wanting to get some watermelons but didn't know how to choose a good one. I've heard some tricks but wanted to see if anyone on here knew how to pick a good sweet watermellon
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:46 PM   #2
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Take a bite of it ! Almost all melons were good when I was a kid, now not so much. I've been fooled a bunch in the last few years. The ones you buy now should be good, the early ones are usually not. That's all I got.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:48 PM   #3
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The Good ones taste like everclear.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:50 PM   #4
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Bigger the yellow spot where it was sitting on ground the sweeter it is.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:52 PM   #5
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Just threw one out. Tasted like water....
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:53 PM   #6
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Bigger the yellow spot where it was sitting on ground the sweeter it is.


This! If where it was sitting on the ground is white, don't buy it. If it's yellow and covers a lot of area then it will be very ripe and sweet


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Old 08-11-2017, 01:53 PM   #7
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Needs to be heavy
Make sure it has a good yellow spot from where it sat on the ground. Yellow means it wasn't picked too early
Look to see if there is any webbing on the ends. The gray papery looking stuff.

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Old 08-11-2017, 01:54 PM   #8
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bigger the yellow spot where it was sitting on ground the sweeter it is.
this!
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:54 PM   #9
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Bigger the yellow spot where it was sitting on ground the sweeter it is.
That is generally the way to do it.
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Old 08-11-2017, 01:55 PM   #10
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More round than oval, it doesn't have to be big, the vine if present should be mostly dried up, and a decently large yellow spot on the bottom. Also found that seeded are sweeter than the seedless but that one is a personal opinion.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:01 PM   #11
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I used to grow them. I used the redwing boot method. Stomp grab the heart go on to the next if not satisfied
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:01 PM   #12
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Good info

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Old 08-11-2017, 02:05 PM   #13
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Wow thanks everyone that is done good info, all of it. I'm headed to the store to see if I can find one that fits the descriptions
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:22 PM   #14
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If the curl is dead it's ripe enough to eat. If it thumps solid it's NOT ripe enough. If it thumps hollow it is ripe. If the rind epidermis peels easy it's ripe.
And last but not least is the old straw trick
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:35 PM   #15
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The webbing or brown looking cracks on the outside are a good indicator as well. These spots are caused by the sugar trying to escape.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:38 PM   #16
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Big yellow spot and I thump them---if the sound is "flat" and not hollow--no go. A good ripe one sounds hollow--'least that is what grandma taught me.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:40 PM   #17
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A good ripe one sounds hollow--'least that is what grandma taught me.
Same here... I still thump em when I get one from the store!
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:56 PM   #18
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I would definitely try to get them on a moonless night.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:02 PM   #19
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I would definitely try to get them on a moonless night.
That's usually safer. But then again, it's hard to see where you're running.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:08 PM   #20
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I used to grow them. I used the redwing boot method. Stomp grab the heart go on to the next if not satisfied


Yep! I remember driving out to McCook as a kid, and we'd stop by a field that had already been picked & load up. At lunch, we'd split em open, eat the dark red heart, pitch the rest on the ground and move on to the next one.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:09 PM   #21
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Same here... I still thump em when I get one from the store!


I'd like to see pics of you thumping melons at the melon store
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:10 PM   #22
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Big yellow spot and I thump them---if the sound is "flat" and not hollow--no go. A good ripe one sounds hollow--'least that is what grandma taught me.
Yep . Do it enough, you learn how it is supposed to sound.
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:11 PM   #23
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I'd like to see pics of you thumping melons at the melon store
I'll see what I can Do!
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Old 08-11-2017, 03:12 PM   #24
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:01 PM   #25
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I thump mine and listen for the hollow sounding ones
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:26 PM   #26
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Yep you gotta master the thump. My Arkansas relatives all knew how to read the thump on whether or not a melon was ready to eat. The thump says it all.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:23 PM   #27
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The thump can lie, the straw never lies.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:42 PM   #28
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Huh! I always thought you used a fair sized pocket knife to cut a triangle into it then sample the plug you pulled out, it helps if you have a friend along to keep the fruit stand person busy until you find the one you want.
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Huh! I always thought you used a fair sized pocket knife to cut a triangle into it then sample the plug you pulled out, it helps if you have a friend along to keep the fruit stand person busy until you find the one you want.





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Old 08-12-2017, 08:50 AM   #30
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Old 08-12-2017, 02:31 PM   #31
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Same here... I still thump em when I get one from the store!
I'd like to see pics of you thumping melons at the melon store
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:35 PM   #32
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Same here... I still thump em when I get one from the store!
I had a nurse thump me once but that was a looooooong time ago.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:45 PM   #33
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The Good ones taste like everclear.
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Find a place that sells black diamond watermelons....dark green.
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Old 08-12-2017, 04:53 PM   #34
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Yep--Dale is right---the Black Diamonds are the best.
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:18 PM   #35
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It's been years since I've had a good Black Diamond. Nobody sells them anymore that I've seen!


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Find a place that sells black diamond watermelons....dark green.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:31 PM   #37
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Best watermelons are made by jolly rancher
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:33 PM   #38
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I wait for my wife to bring one home, cut it up and put in refrigerator. I like mine chilled.
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:03 PM   #39
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I'm not a big watermelon fan, but we grew some BDs in the garden when I was a kid, and they were pretty dang good. I won't even try anything else since then.


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Old 08-12-2017, 11:17 PM   #40
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Needs to be heavy
Make sure it has a good yellow spot from where it sat on the ground. Yellow means it wasn't picked too early
Look to see if there is any webbing on the ends. The gray papery looking stuff.

I started doing it like this and haven't gotten a bad one yet

https://brightside.me/inspiration-ti...farmer-209205/
Love he tips on this thread and gonna try to find one that doesn't sound hollow. Last one I bought tasted like nothing and wasn't a great consistency. Now that I have some more direction maybe I can get some good ones. Tried to grow some this year and it didn't work out
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Old 08-12-2017, 11:42 PM   #41
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Had a terrible one from Henderson today.

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Old 08-13-2017, 07:50 AM   #42
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Love he tips on this thread and gonna try to find one that doesn't sound hollow. Last one I bought tasted like nothing and wasn't a great consistency. Now that I have some more direction maybe I can get some good ones. Tried to grow some this year and it didn't work out
All I learned from that was size matters... lmao... Oh and you WANT one that DOES sound hollow...
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All I learned from that was size matters... lmao... Oh and you WANT one that DOES sound hollow...
I uh... um..uh... um... ... ...
Who'd have thought a thread on watermelon would be one i couldnt respond to without fear of getting banned...
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:15 PM   #44
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I uh... um..uh... um... ... ...
Who'd have thought a thread on watermelon would be one i couldnt respond to without fear of getting banned...
Oh come on man. You can say it. Everyone likes big melons.
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More green stripes and hollow thud. Stripes indicate amount of times it was pollinated, which will cause them to be sweeter.
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Old 08-13-2017, 12:35 PM   #46
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All I learned from that was size matters... lmao... Oh and you WANT one that DOES sound hollow...
Attempt #1......... delete.....


Attempt #2.......delete....

Attempt #3........

Just don't throw your back out picking the big, heavy ones.
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Old 08-13-2017, 01:18 PM   #47
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If you live in or close to SW La, just buy a Sugartown melon...good everytime
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:01 PM   #48
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:30 PM   #49
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Just bought a melon in Luling today. Guy told me they had no local melons. Said they all burnt up from the drought. He said melon I bought was from west Texas. They were unloading them when I got there. We will see if it's good. He said it would be
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Old 08-13-2017, 04:59 PM   #50
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Find a place that sells black diamond watermelons....dark green.
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