If you love enjoying watermelon year-round, you'll love these watermelon tips and watermelon facts courtesy of our friends at the National Watermelon Promotion Board. If you've ever wondered how to select and store the best watermelon, or how to de-seed a watermelon, we have all the shortcuts, tricks, and tips you need to get the most of out this melon!
De-seeding a Watermelon
- If you would like to de-seed a watermelon, here's a nice and easy way to do it. And once this is done, the watermelon is ready to dice into chunks for a snack, use in salsa, mix into drinks or anything else you would use watermelon for.
- Be sure to wash your watermelon and knives before cutting into it.
- Cut watermelon in half then in quarters.
- Cut through the flesh of the melon along the seed line with a paring knife. Next, lift off the piece you just cut out.
- Using a fork, scrape the seeds from the piece you just removed and from the remaining flesh on the rind.
How to Choose a Watermelon
- Give the watermelon "the once over." Look for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.
- Lift it up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water, therefore most of the weight is water.
- Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot indicating where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
Choosing and Handling Pre-Cut Watermelon
- The flesh of the watermelon should appear dense and firm.
- Refrigerate to preserve maximum freshness.
- Cover the cut surface of a melon with plastic wrap to prevent the flesh from becoming mushy.
- Store chunks of watermelon in covered plastic containers.
Storage and Handling of Watermelon
- Handle your whole watermelon gently, to avoid internal bruising.
- Wash your hands before and after handling watermelon.
- Wash your whole watermelon under running water, rinse well and pat dry.
- Cut the flesh from the rind, and cut into 1-inch cubes.
- Place in covered container and refrigerate immediately.
- Keep cut watermelon refrigerated until consumed, up to 3 to 4 days.
Quick Tips for Watermelon Cubes and Wedges
Cutting up a watermelon is faster and easier than you may think! All you have to do is cut it in a grid pattern, almost like you were making a checkerboard on the surface of the fruit. Cubes will tumble out ready to eat.
Quick Watermelon Cubes
- Take a quarter watermelon and lay it on the rind with the interior facing up.
- Place knife about 3/4 inch down from the peak of the wedge. Holding the knife parallel to the far side of the fruit and starting at edge of rind, cut a horizontal line through the fruit all the way down to the rind.
- Next, place the knife blade 3/4 inch lower and make the same cut. Repeat.
- Next, turn the fruit to the other side and make the same horizontal cuts.
- And last, starting at the edge of the rind, make vertical cuts 3/4 inch apart all the way across.
- Cubes will tumble out ready to eat!
Quick Watermelon Wedges
- Take a quarter watermelon and lay it on the rind with the interior facing up. Place knife about 2 inches from end of wedge.
- Cut off the curved end of the fruit. Place knife about 3/4 to 1 inch (or desired thickness) into fruit and cut straight down.
- Repeat until entire quarter is in wedges.
Easy Watermelon Recipes
Now that you're in the know on how to easily handle and prepare watermelon, you'll want to try some of these delicious watermelon recipes you can enjoy year-round!
Hawaiian Watermelon Salad
Blue Watermelon Walnut Salad
Cajun Chicken with Watermelon Mint Salsa
Grilled Scallop and Watermelon Mini Kebabs
Minced Pork and Watermelon Lettuce Wraps
Watermelon Almond Tart
Quick Watermelon Shortbread Cookie Crumble
Watermelon Banana Split