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Examine the spot where the melon has been resting on the ground. A yellow-white spot indicates ripeness-white or pale green suggests immaturity. Scratch the surface of the rind with your thumbnail. If the outer layer slips back with little resistance showing the green-white under the rind, the watermelon is ripe. Scratching unripe melons only leaves a darker depressed line. Choose a melon with a smooth surface, dull sheen and well rounded ends.