Nothing depresses me more during the summer than paying good $ for a watermelon, lugging it home, and then cutting into it only to be sorely disappointed. You know the kind...pink, mealy, not sweet at all. Bums me out when I have this huge hunk of fruit that I need to store and somehow make use of. It's not like a bad peach that you can just toss out. I'm not talking about the cheap seedless variety from Safeway but a heavy, seed-filled one from my farmer's market in central coast CA where I actually get to sample. It kills me that my summer produce has been stellar...except for my watermelon. I think good ones are out there, but I just have to know how to find them.
When I lived in Missouri, I had no problem getting great watermelon no matter what I did. Heck, a melon from a gas station would even be good. Now that I live in CA, I feel clueless and ill-equipped. I have heard tips about thumping, buying one heavy for its size, etc., but that has not worked for me at all. This last time I was so eager to eat some that I cut it open right when I got it home; does watermelon need to ripen for a bit? If so, how can you tell when it's ready?
Ok hounds, tell me all your secrets for landing a great watermelon. I really don't want to have to go to Missouri for one.