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Choosing & Prepping

You've gone the extra mile to eat healthful foods like watermelon - so keep your watermelon prep safe for your health too. Wash all fruits and vegetables, including ones with rinds like watermelon, in clean, running water before eating.* Then, wash your hands and use clean knives and cutting surfaces to prepare the watermelon.

  • 1

    Look it over.

    A firm, symmetrical watermelon free from bruises, cuts or dents is best.

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  • 2

    Lift it up.

    It should be heavy for its size. Most of its weight is water!

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  • 3

    Turn it over.

    Make sure it has a creamy, yellow spot on its underside. That's where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

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Wash it well.

Rinse watermelon with cool water. Then pat dry.

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*According to the FDA