Farmer Shares 6 Tips For Picking A Perfectly Ripe Watermelon
Marilyn Caylor 6/8/2017
Nothing is more refreshing than digging into a juicy and deliciously sweet watermelon on a hot summer day. But, sometimes it can be hard to figure out if your watermelon is ripe enough to eat before you slice into it.
Lucky for you, these 6 tips will help you pick out the perfect watermelon every single time.
Give It A Good Thump
This may be the oldest trick in the book, but if it's still your favorite it's time you learn how to do it correctly. Gently knock on the melon, and listen for a hollow sound. It's not just any old hollow sound that you're after, though! Hollow sounds can come in the form of an echo, or a dull thud. A perfectly ripe melon will sound like an echo. If there's a thud, it's a dud!
Heavy Is Better
Watermelons are primarily made of water. So, when you pick up a melon and it seems to weigh a lot for its size, then you have a winner! You can be sure there's lots of sweet stuff in store for you as soon as you slice into it. Leave the lightweight orbs of fruit at the store - they're more likely to be dry and tasteless.
Big Yellow Spots
Look for a big, pale yellow spot on the belly of the watermelon. This "field spot" is where it has been sitting on the ground, ripening on the vine. The bigger the spot, the longer it's been vine-ripened. That means more juicy sweet goodness for you!
If the watermelon still has a stem attached, that's bad news. It means the melon wasn't ripe enough to be picked. The poor thing was clinging on for dear life when it was yanked off the vine. A ripe watermelon is ready to go, and it will happily detach itself from the vine with ease.
There's a very good reason that bees like to make honey - they have a massive sweet tooth! If a ripe watermelon comes onto their radar, they'll make a "beeline" right for it. That's why you want to be on the lookout for little white scars on the melon - it means the fruit was ripe enough for the bees to try and make a meal out of it! Also look for webbing, which is a clear sign that it was pollinated.
Watch this video to learn more about how to pick out a ripe watermelon.
Your days of dry and tasteless watermelons are finally over! If you follow these tips, you won't be disappointed the next time you cut open a melon.