I  enjoy eating various fruits but watermelon is definitely my favourite one. It’s practically the only food on this Earth which I could eat impressive amounts of. I think a lot of people love it which is why it’s very important to learn how to choose a ripe watermelon.

If it’s not ripe enough, it will have the taste of a cucumber, and if it’s too ripe it will have a squishy texture, not crunchy as it should be. But the perfect watermelon will taste like a dream. You can’t argue with that!

How to choose a ripe watermelon

Did you know melons are actually berries? I guess it won’t make you love them any less though. It can be very disappointing to think you’ve bought the perfect watermelon only to come home and realize it’s far from ideal. Nevertheless, there are some things you can do in order to select the best watermelon and make sure you can enjoy this fruit in its best state.

1. Pick it up

The first thing you can do when selecting a watermelon is to pick up a few. The ripe ones should feel heavy for their size, no matter if they’re big or small.

2. Search for the yellow patch

Watermelons don’t continue to ripen after they’re picked. To make sure you won’t go home with one that’s unripe look for the creamy yellow patch. That’s where the watermelon rested on the ground and it’s also known as the “ground spot”. Ripe watermelons will have a creamy yellow ground spot. If the spot is white or greenish the watermelon may have been picked too soon.

3. Verify the color and surface

A perfectly ripe watermelon should have a dark green color and there should be a significant contrast between the dark and light stripes. It also needs to be firm, symmetrical and without lumps. Small scratches are acceptable since those may be from transport and have nothing to do with the melon’s ripeness.

4. The stem shouldn’t be attached

If a watermelon still has a stem on it, then it didn’t come off easily from the vine, which means it wasn’t 100% ripe.

Finally, I’m not going to recommend you knock on the watermelon and check for that deep, hollow sound because it’s a very subjective approach. Just use the indicators described above – that’s all you need to know in order to pick the perfectly ripe watermelon.

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