The Black Diamond is a variety of watermelon developed in Hope, Arkansas. (Some claim that they are from Florida. This is simply untrue. I spent a summer selling Black Diamonds from the back of a pickup truck in rural Arkansas, and I told all my customers they were from Hope. I never lie to a customer.)

Weighing up to 40 pounds, round, they have a very deep green, almost black skin, with no other markings. No spots, no stripes. The flesh is bright pinkish red, with large cells and the taste

the taaaaste

It begins with sweet. As you bite into, the cells explode on your tongue, and your brain is flooded with the essence of watermelon. It is so intense that it almost gives you synesthesia. It tastes pink.

The rind is thick enough to tolerate transport but thin enough that you can cut and eat a slice without getting nothing but that skanky white stuff.

If you find a Black Diamond watermelon, buy it. You won't regret it.