[on the rind]

I love watermelon. A lot. Sometimes [all of the time], I’ll buy a watermelon, cut it in half, and just sit and eat it with a grapefruit spoon. Here are some examples:

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When I came to the Orange Blossom Farm, I came to the right place. We pretty much eat watermelon 3 times a day; morning snack, after lunch, and after dinner. Lambros and George might give me a run for my money definitely love watermelon more than I do. They easily eat two-three more slices than I do. It’s pretty incredible how many watermelons this family goes through.

For a self-proclaimed watermelon-lover, I don’t actually know much about watermelons. Except for the episode of Rugrats when Chucky swallowed a watermelon seed and Angelica was trying to grow a watermelon in his belly [aka don’t ever swallow a watermelon seed!]. I know that I usually buy the green watermelons with the white/yellow stripes. I know that you can slap a watermelon and try to listen for a hollow sound to tell if it’s ripe [does this actually work though??]. I know that you can also look for a bright yellow spot on the watermelon to help determine if it’s worth taking home..but I don’t know much more past that.

Anke and George actually grow their own watermelons! So I’ve learned a couple new things here and there and I thought I would share the knowledge wealth. I haven’t verified the veracity of any of this, though, so don’t go taking everything to heart; I might be lying to you.

I learned that the stripey watermelons that I’ve been buying are called hybrids. Which doesn’t mean much to me either except that if you were to try to grow a watermelon from its seeds, “you won’t know what kind of watermelon you’ll get, it won’t be the same” [per Anke and George]. Instead, Anke and George grow Sugar Baby Watermelons. These are the all green watermelons I see at the supermarket but never buy because how the heck do I know if it’s ripe??

Trust me here. You want to get the Sugar Baby watermelons. They’re exactly as advertised! They’re exceptionally sweet and you can keep the seeds to grow your very own! [Note: make sure you don’t buy the seedless kind, that’s not the same] On top of that, you can actually eat the white part of the rind! Whaaaaat?! YES! Do you like cucumbers?? It reminds me of eating a cucumber! It’s weird. But awesome. I never used to even try to eat the white part of the rind, no thanks. I still don’t think you can with a hybrid watermelon…but Sugar Baby melons I’ll chomp down all the way through. Soo good.  And I have to eat these [sugar] babies [haha, see what I did there??] away from me because they’re so juicy and yummy and they drip all over. Seriously. Amazing. I’m in watermelon heaven. Also, baby watermelons are freaking adorable :]

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Hopefully you read this while it’s still watermelon season! Give it a go and tell me what you think!

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6 responses to “[on the rind]

  1. You can also look at the stem to tell if a watermelon is ripe. If the stem is green, don’t buy it. If the stem is brown, its ripe. Fyi…Brooke might give you a run for your money too. She is a watermelon freak. She’ll eat a half a watermelon or more in one sitting!

    • Good call! Sometimes the watermelons in the store don’t have stems though.

      Ha! Atta girl. We’ll have to have a watermelon eating contest then! I’ll be driving through West Lafayette sometime in January or February so I hope I can stop by!

  2. Looks delish! How has your trip been going so far? Just a bit more and you’ll end up meeting Angie.

  3. Whoa whoa whoa whoa!!!!! You NEED to read Neruda’s Ode to the Watermelon!! You will love it!! I share your sentiments about watermelons btw, they are so fun to eat! I treasure avocados in the same way as well 😀

    This link should take you to the poem, scroll down a couple pages to 128 and start reading. You’re welcome!

    • Whoa. Amazing poem. I love it. THANK YOUUUUUUUUU! Our B&B in Italy serves watermelon at breakfast and you better believe I’ve been snatching them up every morning :] And avocados?! Don’t even get me started. I love them with a bit of salt and white pepper. Have you ever tried them with ice cubes and sugar? A friend of mine says it’s something that they do in Vietnam.

  4. Haha I knew you would love that poem!

    I’ve never heard of the Vietnamese method, I follow the Mexican one of salt and a squeeze of fresh lime, but that sounds really interesting. I’ll give it a try some time 🙂

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