If you cut into a watermelon only to find that it lacks sweetness and flavor, the surprising solution is gin, according to Pipenta. Splash the cubed fruit with gin, then cover it and refrigerate for a few hours. “When you come back to try it, the flavor will have transformed, it won’t taste like gin, just like amazing melon,” Pipenta says, adding that this trick also works with other kinds of melon.

Of course, it’s better not to bring home an inferior specimen in the first place, and Chowhounds have a couple of tips for choosing ripe, sweet watermelons. The stem end should have some give when pressed, says biondanonima. And piglet86 suggests looking for a yellow spot on the rind, which indicates that the watermelon was left on the ground to ripen. “Uniformly colored melons are pretty, but picked too soon,” piglet86 says.

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