This is a post out of necessity. A couple of weeks ago I was faced with a dilemma. I was on a fishing trip and I wanted to make a vodka-infused watermelon. My friend insisted that we needed to use a watermelon with seeds or it wouldn’t work. This seemed ridiculous to me so I conducted a quick Google search to see if this was indeed true. Surprisingly, there wasn’t any information that said to use either a seeded or seedless watermelon, or if one worked better than the other. I am here to clear that up.
The store we stopped at only had seedless with is far too common these days. People don’t want to deal with seeds, and I cant really blame them. So we bought the seedless and cut a hole and left the bottle in for a couple of days. After two whole days it only had drained about 3/4 of the way, which according to my friend was pretty good for a seedless, but not great. He was correct– seeded watermelons work a million times better.
Here is why: the seeds when they grow have little air pockets around them inside of the watermelon. This means that there is more air which allows for the vodka to permeate quickly and spread out evenly throughout the juicy parts of the watermelon. The seedless watermelons do not have these. Those small, white seeds in seedless watermelons have thin membranes around them that do not allow liquid to seep in, so the vodka cannot soak into the watermelon very easily. Because watermelons have lots of air pockets naturally the seedless will get some vodka into it, but it is not nearly as good.
The more you know!