Sunday, March 30, 2014

Watermelon Pickn'

It's that time of the year again!! Farmers Markets will be starting in a few weeks! Growing up, I remember going to many, and I mean many farmers markets with my grandparents.  I always found myself bored out of my mind, but at that time, I didn't have the appreciation for the markets like I do now. My grandparents would buy anything from flowers, to fresh green beans and sugar snap peas.  But, my favorite thing they would buy were watermelons.  I swear my grandpa couldn't pick a bad melon.
So, whether you're going to a Farmers Market for fresh flowers or locally grown food, don't make the mistake of picking a bad melon for your barbeque or block party. Use these simple tips to pick the best melon in the batch.

1. Look for a melon that is uniform in shape.  A misshapen melon can indicate uneven water or care.

2. Find the field patch, the yellow or white spot where it rest on the ground.  The darker yellow the color, the better.  (A white patch is better than no patch at all.)

3. Store any leftover melon in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

4. Give it a thump.  It should sound hollow.

5. Pick it up and see if it feels heavy when compared with others of similar size. (Weight equals juice and flavor)

6. Wash the outside of the melon under running water before placing it onto the cutting board; then slice it in half.  Working with one half at a time, slice into rounds, then into wedges, or trim off the rind and cube.

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