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How to choose a watermelon

Posted by on May. 19, 2013 at 9:34 AM
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 1. Pick a dull looking watermelon. A shiny appearance indicates an underripe melon. This applies to honeydew melons too.
2. Find that field spot. This is a creamy spot on the melon, and it's where the watermelon was resting on the ground. The field spot should be a yellowish creamy color Like the pic)
3. The darker the color of the creamy spot, the longer it was on the vine sweetening up. If it is white (or not even there), put it back, because this indicates an underripe melon.
4. Knocking.. A dull thud indicates an underripe melon. You will get a dull thud if the flesh is soft, which you don't want. Your knuckles should bounce off the melon, and the surface should be pretty hard.
5. Pick it up. Is it heavy for its size? Note: this applies to pretty much ALL produce. When you pick up onions for example, pick the heaviest one for its size. That means there is lots of water in there.
While you've got the watermelon in your arms, make sure it's uniformly shaped. Irregular bumps indicate it may have gotten inconsistent amounts of sun or water.

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inmybizz
by Bronze Member on May. 19, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Great tips. I always have a hard time picking a good melon. 

momofsixangels
by on May. 19, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Me too. Tried to pick one out last night. Wish I has seen this first

aidensmomma508
by on May. 19, 2013 at 9:57 AM

I never know how to pick the right fruit and veggies

Vertical15
by on May. 19, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Great tips, thanks for sharing!

SweetLuci
by Silver Member on May. 19, 2013 at 8:40 PM

 These are valid tips about how to pick a watermelon. Where it really comes in handy is at a farmer's market where you can judge one seller's melons from another. Often if you are buying in a grocery store, they are all from the same one and may have all been picked early or all be overripe.

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by on May. 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Thanks for sharing :)

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