New Series on Food Education! How to Pick a Watermelon

I’m happy to announce that I’ll be contributing one video a month to the new-ish YouTube channel Home and Garden for Mere Mortals. My series will focus on food education, including basic tips for choosing produce, simple preservation methods and seasonal topics. The first is How to Pick a Watermelon (and a tip for picking a cantaloupe, too!)

How to Pick a Watermelon 3 Tips:

  1. Look for a yellowish patch on one side of the watermelon. This is where the melon sat, ripening, in the field. Lacking the yellow patch, it was probably picked too early!
  2. Knock knock knock! Use your knuckles to literally knock on the watermelon and listen for a pretty, hollow sound.
  3. Check the stem end (especially for cantaloupe) for a stem that has a little divot rather than a bit of stem remaining. This indicates the melon was picked after ripening.


  1. Juliana on July 20, 2016 at 1:54 am

    Hi Hilah, great video! I went down right away and got myself a cantaloupe! I even put salt on it – never tried it before. I just used to salt watermelons, which makes them taste even better! Best, Juliana

    • Hilah on July 20, 2016 at 8:52 am

      Yay! Try it sometime with salt and pepper, too. My mom used to do that on cantaloupe.

      • Juliana on July 21, 2016 at 1:14 am

        Yea, sounds nice…maybe I’ll add some olive oil as well! I add oil to almost everything!

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