There's nothing better than a ripe sweet watermelon in the summer. I can't believe it's August; this summer flew by!
Until it's officially over though, I'll be eating watermelon every. single. day. Anyone else love it that much?
Because I'm always snacking on it, I'm pretty good at choosing the right fruit. I've learned a few tips and tricks to make sure I'm always getting the best one, and I wanted to share them with you today.
- Color- You want to find a melon that has alternating dark and light green stripes. Melons that are too uniform in color may have been picked too soon, or haven't ripened fully.
- Yellow Spot- When a watermelon is growing, the weight of the fruit creates a flat yellow spot where it sat on the soil. Always look for this flat spot. Choose a fruit with a creamy yellow colored spot, indicating a ripe melon. Under ripe melons will have a lighter or white colored spot.
- Weight- a watermelon should be heavy when ripe. Pick up a few melons of the same size, if they meet the other criteria, choose the heaviest one.
- Sound- when tapping on a ripe melon, it should have a deep, echoing, hollow sound when you knock on it. If its not ready, it will sound dull and flat.
And the most important tip!!
- Black Dots- on the end of the melon (when viewed long ways) there are two little woody points from where the melon extends from. One side would be where it grew on the vine, the fruit's "belly button." The opposite side is the one we want to look at: we want little black freckles. These dots are actually fructose (natural sugar) that has seeped out of the melon and dried. Looking for these spots guarantees you'll have a sweet fruit! I really don't like getting a bland melon. You can see the difference in the photo above.
Use these tips when choosing a watermelon (with or without seeds) to take home the best one, every time!!
Have you used or heard of all of these watermelon tips before?
Did I miss one that always works for you? I'd love to know your secret!