Stephanie Simek: Hi! I am Stephanie Simek from the National Watermelon Promotion Board. I am going to show you how to pick out a good watermelon from your grocery store. When we go to our grocery stores, we are usually bombarded with the bin of watermelon and they have such a thick rind it's hard to tell just by looking at it. But I am going to show you the 1, 2, 3s.
Number one, we are going to look at it. You want to make sure your watermelon is pretty symmetrical that it's free of any major gashes or bruises or soft spots. Number two is we're going to pick it up. Watermelon is 92% water, so it should be very heavy for its size, like this one. Number three, we are going to turn it over. We're looking for the ground spot where the watermelon sat on the ground, and ripened in the sun. And this spot should be a buttery yellow, just like this one. You don't want it to be too white green or overly yellow. This one looks pretty good.
And that's how you pick out a great watermelon.