Are You Cutting Your Watermelon the Right Way?

Are You Cutting Your Watermelon the Right Way? photo

Want neat cubes of juicy summer watermelon for your salad (or your poké)? Well, cutting the thing into wedges the way you do for eating out of hand is a bad way to start. (Just think about it for a second.) Removing the rind first allows you to butcher the fruit how you please. And while we love the cartoonish quality of watermelons with black seeds, we use seedless for preparations like this—save the former for old-school snacking and spitting.

Sesame-and-Soy Watermelon Poké. Photo: Jeff Luker

3 Steps to Perfect Watermelon:

1. Cut an inch or so off the top and bottom of the melon so that it’ll stand up on a cutting board without rolling around.

2. Slice the rind off in strips, following the curve of the fruit and rotating as you go. Pare off any remaining white bits.

3. Now slice the fruit top to bottom into planks, lay the planks flat, stack a few, and cut into strips, then crosswise into cubes.

See it in action:


Related: 13 of Our Juiciest Watermelon Recipes for Pickles, Salads, and More

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