Every weekend I go to our local farmers market. I pick pretty plums and peaches, unblemished apples, and freshly picked berries. But, when it comes to choosing a watermelon – ugly and blemished is best.
My family and friends know me as the perfect melon picker. I can spot a sweet and ripe watermelon from the entire bin. I have even had people say, “are you sure you want that watermelon?”
So, let’s go through the Top Five things to look for when picking your next amazing watermelon.
Below, I have two fun ideas to do with watermelon to spruce up you melon game.
#1: Choose the Female
Sorry guys, but the girl melon produces the sweetest taste.
The woman is the round ones, the tall ones are the males.
#2: Heavy and Hollow
You have to pick up your watermelon. It has to feel heavy which indicates it has a lot of water. Nothing worse than cutting open a dry watermelon.
While holding the watermelon, put it to your ear and give it a thump. It should sound hollow, like there is no one on the other side of the door.
#3: Look for Ripe Stem
A brown stem means it is the ripest. A stem that is very green means the farmer picked it before it was fully ripe.
#4: Look for a Yellow Bottom
Choose a watermelon with a large yellow area. This mean it sat well in the dirt and received goo nourishment through it’s growth process.
#5: The Kiss of Bees Markings
Bees are a watermelon’s best friend. During the flowering process of a new watermelon, the more bees that “kissed” or pollenated the watermelon the better. Watermelons show these kiss marks with a webbing of brown puncture dots.
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