I was buying a watermelon earlier today, looking for a good melon to eat, when I suddenly realized I had no idea just how to find that good melon. I had only heard of tapping the melon and listening for a distinctive hollow sound. Fortunately for me, the melon turned out to be fairly palatable. But I ask you:
How do YOU choose your watermelon?
There must exist secret tricks other than this rather unreliable tapping method, because oftentimes I will bite into the melon and experience a rather unpleasant gritty texture. I have been told that looking for the congealed and black, almost sap-like protrusions on the surface of a melon is an accurate indicator of sweetness. Any tips you would like to share?