X is for Xigua

I’m totally cheating again, but there’s no help for it. U and X were just really tough letters when it comes to food. But hey, at least I did some homework and found something rather than just not posting or posting something outside my theme, right?

Xigua is Chinese for watermelon. Don’t say I never taught you anything! It was a new thing I learned, so I might as well share it with all of you.

Watermelon is delicious. You can finally start buying them again, although, I think they are still a bit out of season because the one I bought over the weekend should have been fabulous but it was only just okay. I cut it up last night so we could all enjoy it with dinner.

It will always be the symbol of barbecues in the backyard for me, though. When we were growing up, we used to host huge family parties in our backyard and there was always watermelon. It was the kind with the black seeds that you had to spit out. As much as I loved the experience of biting into the melon and enjoying the sweet, succulent taste of it while searching with my tongue for seeds, I don’t miss the seeds at all. I haven’t bought a seeded watermelon in years.

I know everyone has the best way to pick out a watermelon. I’ve probably tried them all. I never could tell what “hollow” was supposed to sound like when you knocked on it. They said if it sounded hollow, it was a good one, but it never worked for me.

I have my grandpa to thank for how I pick them out now. I heard it second hand, but he told my mom that you want to pick out the ugliest one and also the one that is heavy compared to its size. So, if you have a smaller watermelon but it’s heavier than others that are bigger, than you have yourself a good one. I’ve actually completely stopped looking at the outside and how ugly or not ugly it is and rely only on weight. Sometimes you get one that is really ripe and the only down side to those is you have to eat it all immediately.

What about you? How do you pick out your watermelon?

7 thoughts on “X is for Xigua

  1. I can pick out a good watermelon. If it is marked with bee bites and is hollow it is a good watermelon. I lived in China for 2 years and had no idea that’s what it was called. Good post. Love you girl!

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