JOHN K. OF NEW BLOOMFIELD, PA, ASKS: What’s the best kind of watermelon?

Great question, John. Your inquiry may be only six words, but it couldn’t be more difficult to answer.

Within the main categories of seedless, picnic (seeded), ice box and yellow flesh watermelons are hundred of different types, many of which are very closely related because they are literally closely related. What I mean by that is that many watermelon are crossbred to produce a product that has the best attributes of both contributing varieties.

Below is a chart from the National Watermelon Promotion Board website that outlines just a few of the more than 200 varieties of watermelon grown here in the United States.

While this chart doesn’t tell you which types are better, I can tell you that one of the most popular varieties of watermelon is the Crimson Sweet, which is prized for its deep, red, very sweet flesh. It’s also popular among growers of all experience levels because it’s a hearty, relatively easy watermelon to grow.

Although the exact variety of watermelon you might buy in the grocery store is often unknown (if it’s a seedless, it could be one of several varieties), it’s a pretty safe bet that the best type of watermelon is the kind that’s sitting right in front of you and ready to be eaten. I know that’s an easy way to answer your question, but it’s true, right? For a more detailed look at 18 popular types of watermelon, check out this handy slide show on the Saveur website. It might not answer your question, but it’ll definitely make you very hungry.

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  1. Kiyana says:

    How do I pick a good watermelon at the grocery store?

  2. michael burns says:

    This summer I grew Moon and Stars, Allsweet, and Jubilee. I sold some and gave some away to my family and the general consensus was that the Moon and Stars was the sweetest of the three and had the best flavor. I had one M and S that was 40lb and several over 30lb. But I believe I’ll try some Sangrias next year since everything I’ve read about is that they are real sweet.

  3. Tabitha Jones says:

    I was looking for a Bush type watermelon, one that will not vine out or that dose not need a large area. Do you have any suggestions?

  4. Mike says:

    I planted some moon and star melons and they never would ripen fully. After 120+ days the stem still was green. I had one that was 42 lbs but was not very good. The others were the same.
    What did I do wrong . Thanks for any help.

  5. Mike Lackner says:

    I tried Apple Melon, Moon & Stars red flesh, Orange Krush, White Wonder and Golden Crown this year. Each had it’s own appeal in some shape or form. The sweetest and my favorite was Orange Krush.

  6. Patricia A Jackson says:

    I didn’t know that there was more than one type of watermelon I am from Mississippi originally and I ate the dark seeded and very red meat but as I grew older I move north and they are not as sweet the way I like them I haven’t found a grocery store that has them they have them not the dark seeded one’s I live in Michigan any suggestion on location I am willingtodrive a hundred miles to find them that how much I love them breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late snack !!!!!!

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