I absolutely LOVE watermelons. This iconic bright pink piece of summertime is sweet, refreshing and low on calories, making it the perfect after dinner treat. Unfortunately, sometimes it feels like buying a juicy watermelon is hit or miss. But we are here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be. If you know what to look for you can tell which watermelon is ripe without cutting it.
So keep reading below for some expert tips from an experienced farmer that will help you pick the finest, fully ripe and sweetest watermelons ever!
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These expert tips by a professional farmer will help you pick a superstar watermelon!
#1. Pick a dull looking watermelon
A shiny appearance indicates an under-ripe melon.
#2. Look for the field spot
The yellow spot, known as the field spot, 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 as shown here.
#3. Look for ’webbing’
These weblike brown spots on the watermelon mean that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is.
#4. ’Boy’ and ’girl’ watermelons
Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender. For example, ’boys’ are bigger, have an elongated shape, and a watery taste. The ’girls’ have a rounded shape and are very sweet.
#5. Pay attention to the size
It is better to choose neither the largest nor the smallest watermelon. Select an average-sized fruit. And note, please: large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.
#6. Inspect the tail
A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. However, if the tail is green, it probably means that the watermelon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.