5 Tips On How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon Every Time
You expected a sweet, juicy bite of watermelon, but it tasted like air. Here are five tips on choosing the perfect melon every time.
1.Go heavy, or go home.
Watermelons are 90 percent water, so the heavier they are, the sweeter and juicier they’ll be, according to Juicing for Health. What’s considered heavy? Pick up several watermelons of similar size and go with the heaviest one.
2. Bald is beautiful.
Turn the watermelon over and inspect it. That creamy yellow spot show on the bottom, where the melon rested on the ground, may look unsightly, but it’s means the melon is ripe, according to the cooking website thekitchn.com. If it’s light green, it’s not ripe enough, TV chef Rachael Ray says.
3. Give it a good squeeze.
The best watermelons don’t have soft spots, so give it a once-over for firmness.
4. Scratch (sniffing not necessary).
Give the melon a little scratch with your fingernail. A greenish-white color just below the outer rind indicates the melon is ripe.
5. To spit or not to spit?
Seedless watermelons are a genetically created hybrid, according to researchers at Penn State, and that may turn some people off. But they’re everywhere and hard to avoid. And if you’re not feeding a crowd, they may be the best choice Seedless watermelons last longer because they’re more dense and don’t have seeds inside that break down the flesh.