Learn a few simple tips so you walk home with the best and most ripe watermelon with the sweetest juice from your grocery store!
Stripes: The stripes of the melon should have a pretty stark contrast between the dark and light areas.
Webbing: The larger the webbing, or scars, the more sweet and ripe the fruit will be. These brown marks are from bees pollinating the flower during its' growth.
Stem: Look for the stem area to be slightly depressed and dried out. If you see this it means the fruit fell off of the vine on it's own instead of being picked from it before fully ripening.
Color: A darker colored watermelon means it was allowed to ripen more fully on the vine and will have a sweeter juice.