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Choosing a Watermelon

Family Features

June 2, 2009
All materials courtesy of: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Watermelons are a classic summer favorite. Sweet, cool and refreshing, they perk up picnics and keep things cool at cookouts.

While some people like to thump a watermelon and listen for a certain sound, here's the best way to pick out a perfect one:

-Look for a round, oval or oblong shaped watermelon that feels heavy for its size; this because that indicates it's juicy and fresh.

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-Look the watermelon over. You are looking for a firm, symmetrical watermelon that is free from bruises, cuts or dents.

-Turn it over. The underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

And, don't forget to wash all fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, in fresh running water then dry with a clean paper towel before you slice and serve.

On average, a five pound watermelon yields 11 cups of edible watermelon.

Quick Watermelon Cubes

1.Take a quarter watermelon and lay it on the rind with the interior facing up.

2.Place knife about 3/4 of an 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.

3.Next, place the knife blade 3/4 of an inch lower and make the same cut. Repeat.

4.Next, turn the fruit to the other side and make the same horizontal cuts.

5.And last, starting at edge of the rind, make vertical cuts 3/4 of an inch apart all the way across. Cubes will tumble out ready to eat!

Patriotic Petit Fours

Makes: 12

12 1-inch cubes of seedless watermelon,

cut in half

1 cup cream cheese frosting

12 red and/or blue candied almonds

Red, white and blue star-shaped


Arrange watermelon cubes on a serving platter. Place frosting in a resealable bag and trim off a bit of one bottom corner. Frost the bottom half of each cube and place the top half over the frosting. Decoratively pipe the frosting onto each watermelon cube. Place an almond at the top of the frosting on each petit four. Decorate with sprinkles and serve on red, white and blue table decor.



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