My kids love to eat melons, specifically watermelons and cantaloupes. When I go grocery shopping, I always buy one or both for the kids. Most grocery stores sell both whole melons – that you can take home and slice yourself – and pre-sliced melons – that come in handy little plastic containers. Since melons are heavy, I wanted to find out just how much more the pre-sliced melons cost than the whole melons. Also, I wanted to see if the cost differential warranted lugging those whole melons around – Or would I be better off purchasing the pre-sliced melons?
I picked up a medium-sized seedless watermelon. It cost $6.00. I brought it home and separated the edible fruit from the rind. The medium-sized watermelon, which weighed about 15 pounds before I sliced it open, produced 6.25 pounds of edible fruit. (40 % of the melon was edible, the rest was rind). For $6.00, I was able to purchase 6.25 pounds of edible watermelon.
The pre-sliced watermelon at the store was selling for $3.50 per pound. 6.25 pounds of pre-sliced watermelon would cost $21.00! Yikes. That’s more than 3 times as much money. (3.36 times, to be a bit more exact!)
When it comes to watermelon, I’ll be sticking with the whole melons, even though they are heavy and bulky. I can’t see paying 3 times as much – for the same end product.
I also purchased a whole cantaloupe. It weighed 4.25 pounds before I sliced into it and it contained 2 pounds of edible fruit. The cantaloupe cost $2.50.
At the same store, pre-sliced cantaloupe was selling for $2.50 per pound. So, buy purchasing the whole cantaloupe and slicing it myself, I paid half as much as I would have, had I gone with the pre-sliced melon.
For me, the verdict is in. When it comes to buying melons, it’s better to go with the whole melons, instead of the pre-sliced versions. The added convenience simply cannot justify the markedly higher prices.
As a side note: If you need to make a quick in-store calculation for how much edible fruit is in a whole melon, simply weigh the whole melon and estimate that between 40% and 50% of the melon will be edible. Then, you can use this information to compare the cost of the whole melon with that of the pre-sliced melon.
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