Don't Thump Your Watermelons

June 13, 2016 04:12 PM

It’s summer – the best time to buy fresh produce, among other things. But do you know what you’re doing when you’re at the local grocery store or farmer’s market?

Pamela Riemenschneider, editor of Produce Retailer magazine, has some sage advice the next time you go, starting with savvy watermelon selection.

“Some people have a tried-and-true method about the resonating sounds of thumping a watermelon, but there are better ways to pick a ripe watermelon,” she tells AgriTalk broadcaster Mike Adams. “Thumping is kind of a myth.”

Instead, pick a watermelon that is “pretty symmetrical” and one that feels heavy for its size, Riemenschneider says. Then, flip it over and look for a creamy yellow patch on its underside. That’s evidence that it stayed on the vine long enough to properly ripen, she says.

Riemenschneider shares additional shopping tips on cherries, peaches and nectarines in the audio clip below.

Want more AgriTalk? Join Mike Adams every weekday from 10:06 a.m. to 11 a.m. CST, or catch up on past episodes at

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