Just the right size

Southern California's Dulcinea Farms has taken all the drawbacks out of watermelon ― black seeds, thick rind, and sheer bulk. At 4 to 6 pounds, its new Dulcinea PureHeart Seedless Watermelon ― a miniature hybrid achieved conventionally, not modified genetically ― is easy to carry, store, and cut. And it's sweet and red down to the very thin rind. Available in supermarkets this summer (year-round, in fact), the mini melon is a $5 treat for a family of four, two hearty eaters, or one watermelon hound.

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