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  • by Susan Collins-Smith, MSU Extension Service

Three Tips for Picking the Perfect Watermelon


It’s finally summer, and one of the quintessential elements of summer is watermelon. But if you’re like me, you aren’t really sure how to choose the best one.

Here are a few tips from Natasha Haynes, Extension agent and host of The Food Factor.

  1. The watermelon should be firm and well-rounded.

  2. It should feel heavy. The heavier it is, the riper it will be.

  3. Look for a deep yellow field spot.

Want to grow your own watermelon? Check out these two pages on Extension’s site for help: Watermelons and Vine Crops in Mississippi.

The Garden Tabloid also has information on raising watermelons, as well as other vegetables and fruits.


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