Spring is already here and before summer comes you need to learn a few tips about watermelons. Having to buy a watermelon is a hard work, from the carrying to the cutting and cleaning the mess, only to discover that it tastes bland and has no good juice in it.
Usually what people do when they buy watermelons is they smack every single watermelon they can and they pick the one that they think “might” be the best one just by guessing. However, there are some tips that watermelon lovers should follow when buying one:
1. Check its bottom
Once the watermelon is pulled off of its vine, it cannot ripen anymore. Farmers usually hurry the watermelons to the markets and they might pluck the watermelons earlier than they should, which leaves them with an unripe watermelon. The easy trick in knowing which watermelon is ripe or not is checking its bottom. There should be a cream colored patch (just like the one on the image above), and if this patch is bigger and darker, the riper the watermelon is.
2. Check the color
The color of a ripe watermelon should always be dark green. The unripe watermelons that are taken earlier from the vine are a very light green color. The watermelon’s colors should be a contrasting dark green with lighter stripes.
3. Lift a couple of them
Once you lift the watermelon you should experience its heaviness because they are mainly made up of water. However, there are watermelons that are dry and these feel a little lighter than the ones that are not. A ripe, juicy watermelon can be heavier than it looks, and that is why you need to compare them by lifting a couple of them.
4. Check shine and shape
The shape of the watermelon should be even and elliptical. If the fruit has bumps, dents, and lumps, do not buy it. If the watermelon is shiny, it is not ripe.
5. No to stem
If the stem still exists on the watermelon, which means that it is still not ripe. Because the melon doesn’t come off easily when it’s not ripe, that means that the stem will stay on the watermelon. If the end of the watermelon is indented where the stem should be, it is an indication that it is ripe.
Knocking on watermelon is pointless. Even if you knock and hear for a hollow sound, it doesn’t mean anything since it’s better to look at its shape, color, or yellow spot.
Even if you use the knocking technique, make sure you also keep an eye for the other sings as well.