Each year as soon as they come on the market, I start buying the small personal size watermelons. Not because I am crazy about them, but to get some much needed fluids into me. I try to find one that is as close to ripe as possible. Making sure all the stripes are complete and straight and hopefully there is some yellow where it sat on the ground. A lot of time that is not possible. So I settle for the best I can find.
These 'melons have no taste so early in the season. But I need the fluids. But I made a discovery this morning. I had cut one in half the other day and failed to place a piece of plastic over the half I wasn't going to eat right away. Today I went to eat it and a lot of the fluid had evaporated and the top of the cut was very dry. Hmmm. It tasted like watermelon should. So from now on when I buy one, I will cut it in half and let both halves dry out before I start to eat it. The flavor only lasts down to where it has dried out. The only drawback to all of this.