The age-old art of picking a good watermelon doesn’t have to be complicated. Simply pick a heavy piece of fruit that feels firm and has a deep yellow-colored field spot which helps to indicate ripeness and hence sweetness. Another method that can help you choose a ripe watermelon is the thump test which has always somewhat perplexed me, however. Using this method, watermelon is said to be at its peak when you can hear a ‘punk,’ as opposed to ‘pink’ or ‘pank’ when you flick the melon with your fingers.”
Of course, just biting into a freshly cut watermelon is one of the best ways to enjoy this fruit, however, watermelon works quite well as an ingredient in recipes too. Give this recipe a try. It is a simple yet tasty way to combine watermelon creating a light summer salad.
1 mini watermelon or approximately 6 cups cubed
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
6-8 basil leaves julienned
4 tablespoons of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
Technique: Combine all ingredients and mix until well blended