Summer is here and watermelon season is in full swing! Don’t you just love watermelon season? I know I sure do!
For some though, buying a watermelon themselves is a high anxiety experience, because while everyone is hoping for that perfectly red, delicious, juicy, ripe watermelon, many end up bringing home 10-15 pounds of watermelon terribleness.
Today, I’m going to share how to pick out the perfect watermelon every time and anxiety free!
Step 1: Look for a dull watermelon. While the shiny watermelons may look prettier, a shiny appearance means the watermelon was picked too soon. The skin of a watermelon dulls as it ripens, so the duller the skin, the more ripe the watermelon.
Step 2: Examine the dull watermelons for a dark creamy yellow spot. People often assume these yellow spots are a sign that the watermelon hasn’t fully ripened, but what it actually indicates is how long a watermelon was allowed to remain on the vine to ripen.
The yellow spot occurs on one side of the watermelon as a result of sitting in the soil and remaining unexposed to sunlight. The longer a watermelon is given to ripen on the vine, the richer in color the yellow spot becomes and the more water and nutrients the watermelon receives, both of which contribute to the tastiness of a watermelon.
Step 3: Pick up the dull watermelons with rich creamy yellow spots. Look at the size, feel how much it weighs – does it feel heavier than it looks? If so, it’s a keeper. If it feels reasonably heavy or light for its size, the watermelon hasn’t fully ripened.
Step 4: Give the dull, heavy watermelon with a creamy yellow spot a good knock. Your knuckles should bounce off the surface and the thud should sound hallow. A dull thud likely means the flesh inside is soft and unripened.
Step 5: Run your hands over the skin of the watermelon you’ve chosen. The watermelon should be relatively uniform in shape, free of significant bumps, scratches or soft spots.
Step 6: Purchase that watermelon with confidence and enjoy it! And tell me below your favorite way to enjoy watermelon!