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Ochs Melon Co. | Perryville, Missouri | Dierbergs Partner Since 1975


Watermelon Tips

How to Pick

The watermelon should feel heavy for its size. The bottom of the melon will have a spot on it where it rested in the field. The spot should be creamy yellow if it is ripe; white means it is under ripe. Tap the bottom of the melon – a deep hollow sound is a juicy sweet ripe melon while a dull flat sound means under or over ripe.

How to Store

Store cut watermelon in a strainer or colander with a bowl under it. This allows juices to run off and watermelon to stay crisp. A salad spinner works great as a storage container. Add the extra juice to water or lemonade for extra flavor.

How to Cut

Everyone cuts watermelon a little differently, but here’s a simple way: Make sure to wash outside of melon before cutting.


Homegrown at Home

[Photo: Watermelon Bellini served in a glass with fresh watermelon.]

Simple & Satisfying

  • Puree and add to Prosecco for a Bellini or white wine to make a refreshing sangria.
  • Serve with salt and balsamic glaze for a savory snack.
  • Grill to intensify flavor, then add to salads or serve as a side.

[Photo: Frozen watermelon cubes used in drinks.]

With a Twist

  • Dice into large pieces, freeze, and use for "ice" cubes in water, tea, lemonade, and cocktails.


Homegrown Watermelon Recipes