Posted on Jul 23, 2012 in Food & drink
I need some fruit help. Is there some trick to choosing a good, ripe watermelon?
We gathered some tips from the Watermelon Promotion Board and the CDC’s Fruit & Veggie site, and combined them with our own experience to bring you this quick and easy watermelon picking guide!
Shape: You want a watermelon that is firm, symmetrical and doesn’t have any cracks, dents, bruises, soft spots or mold.
Weight: A watermelon is heavy for its size — and that’s a good thing. In fact, a watermelon is 92% water (therefore very appropriately named).
Smell: You should be able to detect a little bit of a melon-y scent, especially from the stem end.
Sheen: (No, not Charlie.) A ripe watermelon’s exterior should have a healthy sheen, but not a shine.
Underside: Turn the melon over and see if there’s a buttery yellow spot. That is where the melon sat on the ground as it ripened in the sun.
Thump: If you want to knock on your melon, it should sound hollow and dull.
Avoid: Watermelons that are very hard, white or very pale green in color on the underside aren’t yet ripe.
An uncut watermelon can keep at room temperature for up to two weeks, but cut watermelon should be stored in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap or sliced and placed in plastic bags.
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