Take your watermelon to the next level. Just a small pinch of salt on unripened fruit can actually reduce its bitterness. And on perfectly ripened fruit, a pinch of salt can amplify the fruits natural flavor.
Try using a really good soy sauce instead of salt. Put a little bit in a bowl, cut your watermelon in bite sized pieces and dip a corner in the soy sauce. It adds salt, for sweetness, and an interesting flavor too. Don’t use too much, or you will end up with all soy sauce flavor and no watermelon flavor.
Selecting a watermelon that hasn’t ripened is the leading cause of a bland flavor. Look for a yellow or creamy color on the bottom side of the watermelon referred to as the “ripe spot.” This shows the watermelon was ripe when harvested. Smaller watermelons typically provide a sweeter flavor than larger ones.
*****Make a simple syrup…and dip the slices in it for a few minutes and let it soak up some of the sweetness.
2 1/2 cups sugar
Full 1 cup water
1/2 lemon, juiced
Combine all 3 ingredients in a 2-quart heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. All the sugar crystals should completely dissolve. Remove from the heat and pour into a clean medium-size bowl. Let cool completely before using.