How to choose a ripe watermelon

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Summer is almost here, and one thing I’m really look forward to is WATERMELON! I’m starting to see them in the grocery stores, and I always want to buy the biggest one so we can enjoy it all!  I sure don’t want to be disappointed when I bring it home only to find that it’s only slightly pink inside and certainly NOT ripe. Not cool.

I was looking on Pinterest today and found some great resources on choosing a watermelon, so I thought I would share. Supposedly, these are tips from a long-time farmer so I’m sure there is some truth in these suggestions!!

Field Spot- Every watermelon has a field spot. The spot is where the fruit rested in the field. Look for a field spot that is creamy yellow or more orange.

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Webbing- Webbing shows how many times a bee touched the flower of the plant- you want more webbing for a sweeter melon!!

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Tail- A green tail shows that the melon was picked too soon and won’t be ripe.  A dried up tail is what you are seeking- it was picked when it was ripe!  (This one is GREEN)

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Gender- Boy or Girl?  The boy melons are elongated and tall.  They tend to be more watery.  The girl melons are short and round- sweet too!!

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Size- As much as you want to buy the largest one, just plunk the one in your cart that is normally sized. Even better if it feels heavy for it’s size!!!

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Hope these tips help you find the perfect watermelon!!!

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Comments

  1. Sue Mackey says:

    Excellent advice. Wally world had theirs for 2.99 this week. Too heavy for me to lift into the cart. Still thinking about how good they looked! Thanks for the tips!