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.
Look it over.
A firm, symmetrical watermelon free from bruises, cuts or dents is best.
Lift it up.
It should be heavy for its size. Most of its weight is water!
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.
Wash it well.
Rinse watermelon with cool water. Then pat dry.
*According to the FDA