Watermelons are very delicious; their flesh is an absolute delight for the taste buds. When cooled, this fruit makes for a refreshing snack during summer. Even better, it can be incorporated into several tasty recipes!
Like the common saying, when you eat watermelons, you know what the angels eat!
The one downside to watermelons is that it is tough to determine the quality of its content when you want to buy it. Their sturdy shells tell very little about the contents hidden therein, and this regularly causes trouble whether you're buying at a fresh farm market or a high-end supermarket.
Never let this slight difficulty do anything to hinder you from stocking these delicious fruits for summer. Here are a few things to look out for to determine the ripeness and overall quality of watermelons:
1. It must be weighty
One of the first things you would notice when you pick up a ripe watermelon is that it is very heavy. This feature is the easiest way to know if it is ripe before buying, and amazingly, this applies to all sizes.
2. Smooth Skin
Next, run your hand over the watermelon's body to make sure that it is free of cuts and soft spots, which may be a sign of rot. If you observe any of this, then you should check for another watermelon. It may be ripe, but that speaks of terrible quality.
3. Green Stem
Check if the fruit still has a part of its stem attached. If it does, you can use it to determine the freshness of the melon. When green, this stem indicates that the watermelon was recently harvested. On the other hand, a stem that has browned suggests that the fruit is not a fresh harvest.
4. Ground Spot
A watermelon that has perfectly ripened has a white patch or yellow rind on its underside. This spot is called the ground spot, and it is that part of the watermelon that was contact with the soil, so it wasn't exposed to sunlight while growing. If this spot is absent, it indicates that the watermelon was not fully mature before it was harvested.
5. Hollow Sound
Last but not least, lightly rap the underside of the watermelon. A ripe melon will make a hollow sound.
There you have it! Five simple tips that will always help you know when watermelon is ripe and otherwise. With this, you are sure to pick the perfect melons next time you go shopping. Enjoy!