Ugh, we've all been there.

You're so excited to bite into that luscious, juicy, sweet watermelon. It's summer at its best, for sure. Then, after all the excitement and hoopla, your watermelon moment is that light pink, dull-tasting bite that makes your heart sink.

While there are several things we've all been taught to do to test a watermelon's ripeness, there's really only one foolproof way, according to Simply Recipes.

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Whether you're at a Market Basket in Maine, Stop & Shop in Massachusetts, or a farmers' market in New Hampshire, this is the one thing you should do with a watermelon to guarantee that perfect ripeness.

You simply pick it up and look for a small, dull, yellowish spot about the size of a quarter.

The belly or underside of the watermelon should have a creamy yellow spot. This is where the watermelon sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.

That spot is called the field spot or ground spot, according to HGTV. That pale, creamy, buttery yellow means it's ripe and ready to enjoy.
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If the spot is light green or white, then that means the watermelon hasn’t quite ripened yet. You may even see green specks in the yellowish spot to further emphasize that it's still ripening.
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Since deliciously ripe watermelons are 92% water, they should be heavy. The heavier the better, according to Simply Recipes.
If you decide to do the thumping test, ripe watermelons have a dull, hollow sound, while immature melons have a high-pitched ping.

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