person washing a whole watermelon

Peak watermelon season is here, and we are so excited for a summer packed with sweet smiles and tasty snacks! But before you head to the grocery store to fill your cart with as many melons as possible, let’s run through the watermelon picking and prepping basics to make sure when the time comes, you’re a watermelon pro. 

Picking The Perfect Watermelon

We’ve all heard the rumors about how to pick a good watermelon, some people thump and listen for a certain sound while others can tell by the smell or texture––but the watermelon experts are here to tell you the one tried-and-true way to make sure your watermelon is as perfect as can be every time. Watch the video below to find out how.

Washing Up

You found the watermelon that is just right, you got it home and are ready to cut it up, but there’s one thing you need to do first. WASH IT! Yup, even if you’re not planning on making any delicious rind recipes, your watermelon has been handled and thumped (see above for proper selection technique) by too many passers-by at the grocery store. Check out the video for our super scrubbing tips.


Time to start slicing! Don’t let the tough green exterior fool you, the watermelon rind is full of delicious flavor. From candy to kimchi there is so much you can do with the most overlooked (and one of our favorite) parts of the watermelon. Watch the video below for tips and tricks on slicing and dicing the rind or head over to our rind headquarters to learn even more!

Be a Baller

When we say “ball is life” using this is what we mean. Everyone knows and loves the bright red watermelon flesh, but have you ever tried mixing up the shape you enjoy it in? Using a melon baller is an easy way to scoop your watermelon into fun ball shapes that can be frozen, used in a cocktail or just on their own. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to master this tool.

Water You Drinking?

Last but not least, we’re getting down to the juicy details. With watermelons being 92% water, it makes total sense to enjoy this awesome fruit in juice form. From drinking it plain, to adding juice to a smoothie or even flavoring a sauce, when it comes to how you can use watermelon juice the limit just doesn’t exist.  The video below will show you a step-by-step process to making sure your watermelon juice is just right.

Have a sixth sense for picking the perfect watermelon? Are your chopping skills next level? Show us! Tag us on social media @WatermelonBoard.