Picking a melon can feel like a giant leap of faith if you don’t know what you’re looking for

Melons should feel heavy for their size. A higher density means it’s packed with more juice, more sugar and more flavor.

Melons have a stem end and a blossom end. The stem end is where it connects to the plant, and the blossom end is where the flower of the plant grow

The most important thing to remember when choosing a melon is to compare and handle several. A lot of picking the best melon is finding a happy medium

You want one that's firm but not too firm, fragrant but not too smelly. It's essential to check out a few to compare

Look for webbing: Watermelon webbing can look like scaly brown dots or scars on the exterior of the melon

Look at the field spot: A good watermelon should have an orange or yellow blotch where the melon was in contact with the ground

Give the melon a little thump: A ripe melon will sound hollow and rumbly, whereas an unripe melon will sound solid and thick

Choose the round ones. A round melon is more flavorful than an oval or oblong melon, so look for the smaller