Everyone loves a fresh, sweet, juicy watermelon. Not much is more disappointing than grabbing the prettiest watermelon, opening it up, and discovering a bland hard pink flesh masquerading as the watermelon of your dreams. Don’t let it happen to you with these 5 tips on how to pick a good watermelon.
Knowing what to look for in watermelon will help you find the best melon in the batch. Pick the wrong watermelon and you will find yourself with a lot of fruit no one wants to eat.
The secret to the best Mellon? You want the ugliest one you can find.
How To Pick A Good Watermelon
1. Ripe watermelons have a field spot
While many people choose the prettiest, greenest, watermelon they can find the real trick is to look at the field spot. This is the bottom of the watermelon where it sat in the field to ripen. Watermelons without field spots were harvested before they have time to ripen. This field spot should be large and dark yellow.
2. What are black spots on watermelons?
Look for sugar spots. Rough, dark spots seeping sweet sugar is a great indicator of a fully rip very sweet watermelon. When it comes to watermelon you really do want the ugliest one.
3. Dull or shiny watermelons?
Avoid the shiny watermelons. While these are pretty to look at, the shine is a great indicator of melon that is not fully grown and ripe yet. As the fruit continues to grow and ripen the shine will dull. This process is best done in the field. Avoid watermelons with odd lumps that indicate that it had growing conditions that varied a lot leaving the fruit at different ranges of ripeness and flavor from one part to another.
4. Does watermelon weight matter?
Yes, pick up the melons and look for a heavier melon for the overall size. The heavier the watermelon the more water is in it. This is a good indicator of a nice, ripe, juicy watermelon.
Knock on the watermelon with your knuckles. Your knuckles should bounce off the hard surface and make a loud tap. If you get a soft thud the melon is going bad and should be passed for a fresher melon that will not quickly spoil.
Unlike many other fruits, watermelons don’t continue to ripen after being harvested.
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