Do you know the best way to tell whether a watermelon is ripe? (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Find out — and learn a few more juicy facts — by taking our watermelon quiz (link below). (Scott Suchman/For The Washington Post)

Watermelon is synonymous with summer; treat it right with these ideas from our Recipe Finder.


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Melon Salad With Chiles and Mint. Green chile and mint add welcome savory notes to sweet melons.


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Bacon-and-Cornmeal-Fried Watermelon. Makes for a fun appetizer; the lightly spicy basil and parsley sauce adds a hit of acidity.


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Watermelon-Tomato Gazpacho. A refreshing soup with a creamy avocado and feta topping; ice sculpture serving bowl, optional.


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Walla Walla-Watermelon Salsa. Cool and crunchy.


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Tuna Watermelon Ceviche. Sweet, spicy, tart, crunchy, soft and cooling, all in one bite.


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Grilled Watermelon. Watermelon is the steak of the grilled-fruit world; you’ll see why with this recipe.


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Watermelon Mint Zinger, above left. A refreshing sip.

Bloody Mosa, above right. Watermelon adds a little sweetness to this fresh bloody mary mix.


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Summer Watermelon Punch. This punch makes use of the whole fruit.