What’s a summer picnic without a juicy, delicious watermelon? But before we slice it open, let’s back up to when we first decided it was the right one to purchase.
If you’re like most people, you could use a few tips when at the market. And in today’s video we’ll highlight 5 tips on how to pick the right one.
1. Field Spot
This is the creamy or yellow part of the watermelon’s shell that rested on the ground. What can that color tell you? It’s almost as if it’s an inside peek, indicating that it basked a long time in the sun, ripening.
Avoid ones with white spots, as they needed more sunbathing time before being plucked from the vine.
We can thank bees for playing such an important role in this process; their pollination is what kicked things off. Excess pollination will create lots of brown webbing. A large amount of webbing is your clue that the inside is ripe and sweet.
Yes, a watermelon has a gender. The tall – or long ones – are males. If the watermelon is plump, round or stout, it’s classified as a female. Take a moment to guess which one is the sweetest. It’s the girl! And if it’s a bizarre shape, it indicates its growth was not an easy process as it probably struggled for sunlight and water.
In the case of the watermelon, the largest ones aren’t necessarily the tastiest. The best ones are average in size. Rule of thumb; don’t pick one too large or too small.
Taking a final glimpse of the watermelon, we must examine its tail. If it’s green, skip it. That is an indicator that it isn’t quite ripe. Instead, go with the one that looks dried.
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