You can find fresh watermelons between May and September, but they are at their peak from mid-June to late August. To select, choose a firm, symmetrical, unblemished melon with a dull rind, without cracks or soft spots, that barely yields to pressure. Some people swear by the “thump” test, but experts say that method is unreliable for determining ripeness. Rather, look for a pale yellow patch, indicating where the watermelon sat on the ground while ripening on the vine.
• Watermelon Margaritas
• Summer Pea, Watermelon, and Farro Salad
• Watermelon-Jalapeno Ice Pops
• Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-Jalapeño Salsa
• Flank Steak with Grilled Mango and Watermelon Chutney
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