Watermelon season is a time time of the year that I look forward to, all year long! You can enjoy sweet, juicy watermelons all year long, but they are so much sweeter when they're in season. So, learn when watermelon is in season in the US (and your state!), along with tips for storing this seasonal fruit and great recipes to try with your watermelons!
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Watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit that is reminiscent of the early summer season. It's a great source of vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium) and helps you stay hydrated. It's both sweet and refreshing, and super versatile. Use it in a fruit salad, as a topping on ice cream or yogurt, as a side dish, in smoothies, or simply eaten on its own!
When is watermelon in season?
They are technically available all year round, but really in season from May to September in the US. However, it is best to buy them during the peak of the season for the freshest and tastiest watermelons, and this may may vary based on where you live! Read on to find out more about when watermelon is in season in your state, tips for storing watermelon, and some great recipes!
Watermelon season by state
Watermelon is a very popular fruit in the United States, and its season varies in different states. Here's a chart outlining when they are in peak season by state.
Please use Ctrl + F to find out when watermelon is in season in your state.
|Alabama||June, July, August, September|
|Alaska||No watermelon season|
|Arizona||May, June, July, August, September, October, November|
|Arkansas||July, August, September|
|Northern California||July, August, September, October, November|
|Southern California||July, August, September, October, November|
|Connecticut||August, September, October|
|Delaware||July, August, September, October|
|North Florida||March, April, May, June, July, August|
|South Florida||June, July, August, September|
|Georgia||June, July, August, September|
|Hawaii||June, July, August, September|
|Idaho||June, July, August|
|Illinois||June, July, August, September|
|Indiana||July, August, September, October|
|Iowa||June, July, August|
|Kansas||June, July, August, September, October|
|Louisiana||June, July, August, September, October, November|
|Maryland||July, August, September, October|
|Massachusetts||August, September, October|
|Michigan||August, September, October|
|Mississippi||June, July, August|
|Missouri||June, July, August, September, October|
|Nebraska||July, August, September, October|
|Nevada||June, July, August, September, October, November|
|New Hampshire||August, September|
|New Jersey||August, September, October|
|New Mexico||July, August, September|
|New York||September, October|
|North Carolina||July, August|
|North Dakota||August, September|
|Ohio||August, September, October|
|Oklahoma||June, July, August, September, October|
|Oregon||July, August, September|
|Pennsylvania||July, August, September, October|
|Rhode Island||July, August, September, October|
|South Carolina||June, July, September, October|
|South Dakota||August, September|
|Tennessee||July, August, September|
|Texas||May, June, July, August, September, October, November|
|Virginia||July, August, September|
|Washington||August, September, October|
|Washington DC||July, August, September|
|West Virginia||August, September|
|Wisconsin||August, September, October|
Watermelon is grown in four main states: Florida, Texas, Georgia, and California.
Yes, watermelon is available year-round. However, it is typically in season from May through September. So if you're looking for the best watermelons, those are the months to buy them. But of course, you can find watermelons at your local grocery stores or a local farmers market any time of year and they'll likely taste just as good.
July is typically the peak of watermelon season, so that's usually the best month to buy them. However, you can find seasonal produce any time from May to September in states like California, Florida, and Texas. So if you live in one of those states, you're in luck!
The watermelon will be deep green in color with no white spots, with a creamy yellow patch at the bottom where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. It should also feel heavy for its size, and have a hollow sound. If the sound is dull and has mushy spots, then it's an overripe watermelon.
📋Tips to store watermelon
There is nothing best but to eat fresh watermelon on hot days. To maximize the shelf life of these pre-cut fruits, keep them away from direct sunlight and heat.
- Fresh cut watermelon slices should be stored in an airtight container and can be refrigerated for up to four days.
- One of my new favorite finds for the summer were these silicone lids. Stretch one of these on top of half of a cut watermelon. Throw the whole thing in the fridge to store! Game changing!!
- Cover a whole watermelon with plastic wrap to avoid them from drying out or having some bad odors that might affect the taste of the watermelon. Whole watermelons can be stored at room temperature for up to two weeks.
Watermelons can also be frozen for up to six months. To freeze, cut it into chunks or slices and store it in a freezer-safe bag or container!
Here are some watermelon yummy recipes you can follow to enjoy these hot summer days.
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