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Kitchen HACK: How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon

Because nothing says summer like a sweet, juicy watermelon!

There's nothing more satisfying on a hot summer day than biting into a juicy slice of watermelon. But when it comes to picking one out, how do you know that you're getting a good one? 

If you're buying your melon from a farmer's market, you can trust that the fruit your buying is going to good, since the farmer will likely have picked the fruit fresh that day and it will be at optimum ripeness. But what about at the supermarket, where watermelons are harvested early for transportation and stacked one of top of another in choose-your-own displays? 

You can still get a succulent fruit. Here's what to look out for... 

  • The Field Spot: This is the where the watermelon rested on the ground. This spot ranges in color from white to creamy yellow, but the latter means it's truly ripe.
  • The Stem: Watermelons will often drop off the stem when they're ripe, so if you see a melon that's still got its stem, it's likely that it was harvested a little early.
  • The Weight and Sound: Ripe watermelons should be heavy, and make a deep, hollow "thump" sound when you slap them on their underbelly. 

And now you have the perfect watermelon! But you don't just have to eat it plain... Here are five more ways to get your watermelon fix!

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VIDEO: Rustic Cherry Tart

Craving sweet? This rustic cherry tart is easy, quick and delicious!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 3 cups / 750 g. of cherries
  • 1/3 cup / 60 g. of sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 60 g. of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Pistachios
  • A dash of milk

METHOD: 

  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Spread or roll out the shortcrust pastry, sprinkle with almond powder and brown sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of free dough on the edges. Fold in the edges.
  4. Brush with milk (this will make the crust go golden), sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
  5. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios, and serve!

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