It’s watermelon season! It’s watermelon season! Though the juicy, super-hydrating fruit may only occur to you when it’s sticky as all get out outside, you should keep it in mind from Memorial Day to Labor Day, as in much of America, it’s ripe from May to September. And what can’t you do with a good melon? (If you’ve forgotten how to pick a good melon, allow us to remind you!) We’ve got the watermelon gadgets you need to stay juicy all summer long. Here are a few of our favorites.
We defy you to find something more summery than this watermelon tap kit. Keep in mind that this tap can work as beautifully for a toddler birthday party (think: watermelon agua fresca) as it can for grown-up watermelon margaritas. We’re particularly partial to this tequila punch recipe. Re-use the tap all summer long and next summer, too; store it with your flip-flops and beach towels. It can be the centerpiece of your whole darn party.
We’d all be eating a lot more watermelon if it was easier to cut up, right? Our wedger solves that problem. Able to handle a melon up to 16 inches in diameter, it pushes down over the round top of the melon to create 16 even 1-inch, crew-ready slices. All you need to do is cut a flat surface for it to stand upon. And look at how neat it looks! It’s a great party trick to change up the vibe or conversation.
If we had one quibble with our beloved watermelon, it would be that when you cut into it or take a bite of a hulking slice, the juice can get everywhere. Sure, that’s part of the fun when you’re picnicking or poolside, but we have this new watermelon pop slicer that makes the fruit downright elegant. Use dowels and eat them as popsicles. Send the kids around with trays of them for friends. We can almost guarantee less wasted watermelon, too, as sometimes a whole slice is just too much.
In your mind’s eye, summer is you, on the beach, eating perfectly cubed watermelon in a feta salad, for months on end. Enter: the Slicester. It’s a gadget that enables you to make dreamy one-inch slices of watermelon for salads, snacks, or to serve alongside grilled whatever all season long, happily. Use it while wearing a bathing suit, a cover-up, shorts, or whatever you wish. There’s a reason this is a five-star product.
Portuguese ceramist Raphael Bordallo Pinheiro is responsible for this luxe line of hand-painted melon plateware, bowls and even a pitcher that are just so cool. As is true of lobster, it is absolutely acceptable and even encouraged to serve the food itself on a plate resembling it! (Love Pinheiro’s work? Us, too: Shop his tomatoes and cabbages, too!)