Everyone loves to eat a juicy, tasty and sweet watermelon. But choosing the perfect watermelon is a pretty important job. And have you ever wondered exactly how to choose the perfect sweet ripe watermelon? Especially when you end up with one that isn’t everything you dreamed of.
Well, selecting a really good watermelon is simple and fun. In picking the finest watermelon, there’s an art. And by using a few simple techniques, you’ll learn how to select the finest watermelon, every time.
5 Tips on selecting the perfect ripe melons
The yellow spot, also known as the field spot, is the place where the watermelon rested on the ground. Most ripe watermelons always have creamy yellow or even orange-yellow spots.
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These webs like brown spots on the watermelon mean that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is.
Try to hold the watermelon, whether it’s large or small, it should feel heavy for its size.
A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. However, if the tail is green, it probably means that the watermelon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.
‘Boy’ and ‘girl’ watermelons
Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender. For example, ‘boys‘ are bigger, have an elongated shape, and a watery taste. The ‘girls‘ have a rounded shape and are very sweet.
Bonus: 6 Watermelon facts you didn’t know about
1. Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes
Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color.
2. Watermelon juice may relieve muscle soreness
Watermelon contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.
3. Watermelon is a fruit and a vegetable
Remember how watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit. The other clue is that the rind is entirely edible.
4. You can eat watermelon rind and seeds
Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.
The black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization.)
5. It’s mostly water
This might not be surprising, but it’s still a fun fact; watermelon is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon with you on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration but it’s not a substitute for drinking plenty of fresh water.
6. Some watermelon are yellow
The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet.