West Sacramento, CA
Fourth-generation California farmers.
Raley’s farmers for close to 10 years.
- Watermelon’s red color comes from lycopene, which has been shown to support heart health(1) and promote prostate health in men.(2)
Tips from Dave Vierra, Owner, Vierra Farms.
How to Select
- Tap it. A hollow sound means the watermelon is fresh. A thud means it’s overripe.
- To check for ripeness, look for a dark green or almost black rind. A bright yellow spot indicates it’s been resting on the ground, growing, for some time but not all watermelons develop the yellow spot.
How to Store
- In the refrigerator or on the counter – it all depends on how cold you like your watermelon.
- If storing in the refrigerator, only remove when ready to eat. After cutting, promptly return to the refrigerator, covering the exposed flesh with plastic wrap.
A Farmer’s Story
The Black Seedless Watermelon is probably the best seedless watermelon we’ve ever tried,” Dave says. “It’s everything you’d expect from a sweet, juicy red watermelon. It reminds me of sucking on a watermelon candy, it’s that sweet.”
(1) Lycopene and Cardiovascular Diseases: An Update, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21291369
(2) Watermelon Lycopene and Allied Health Claims, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464475/