A couple more tips re picking good melons and watermelons:

  • Make sure they're firm all over, with no dents or soft spots.
  • Rap them lightly with your knuckles - they should make a nice resonating hollow sound.
  • Most important of all - they should smell. A lot. Any fruit that you have to put right up to your nose and sniff hard in order to get the frangrance of is under-ripe, overpackaged, sprayed and refrigerated cack.

    With watermelons it is considered a mark of quality if the stub of the stem is still attached - I'm not sure if that's a mark of freshness (the stub will dry off in time) or just a superstition, though.