Salt your watermelon this summer

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Here's a handy tip for your next cookout: Salt your watermelon.

Why? Salt bumps up the fruit's sweetness and enhances its flavor.

"A little bit of salt can enhance the sweet taste of things," Guy Crosby, an adjunct professor in the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, said over the phone.

Learn this crazy watermelon trick for your next party:

This watermelon trick will blow you away
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This watermelon trick will blow you away

Make sure you have not one -- but two -- watermelons handy.

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Start slicing the green peel off the outside of one of the watermelons.

Tip: Try using a knife from this colorful knife set -- it's an Amazon best seller.

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This is how it should look after slicing most of the green off of the outside of the first watermelon.

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Continue slicing away the white coating so that the first watermelon is all pink.

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This is how it should look after finishing shaving off the outer shell of the watermelon.

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Take a scrubber to take away any uneven edges on the spherical watermelon. Think of it like sanding wood with sandpaper. 

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Now it's time for your second watermelon.

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Slice it in half.

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Cut the second watermelon on each half any way you want -- scoring it with your knife is one way to do it.

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Scoop out the scored watermelon into a serving dish -- your guests can eat this! (It's not needed for the rest of the trick.)

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Take the back of your spoon to scrape out the remaining pink watermelon.

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When you're done with this, you should have two empty shells and a full, spherical watermelon.

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Put the full watermelon into the first empty shell.

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Put the other empty shell on the other end of the watermelon.

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Now it's time to fool your friends. Enjoy!

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A sprinkling of salt packs a one-two punch when it comes to everyone's favorite pink melon: It significantly heightens the subtle sweetness of watermelon and also masks any bitterness, Crosby said.

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Heck, salt also works like a charm on fresh tomatoes, too. (Tomatoes are a fruit, FYI.) "Almost all kind of fruit has that similar effect, especially those fruit that aren't overwhelmingly sweet," Crosby said.

Ready to level up your watermelon game even more?

Pair juicy watermelon with feta cheese, which is naturally salty. Crosby recommended adding in fresh mint, too. The fresh minty scent will provide a tantalizing aroma that magnifies how the brain experiences flavor.

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This is what dreams are made of, people.

Watermelon will never be the same. Now go forth and impress your BBQ guests.

Salt Your Watermelon This Summer
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