You may think that choosing a great watermelon is up to chance, but there are actually several ways to spot the perfect watermelon. Here are some tips from experienced farmers that will help you to choose the finest-perfect watermelon ever.
How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon
Look for the Field Spot
The field spot is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground. While every watermelon has a field spot, the best watermelons have creamy-yellow or even orange-yellow spots. Go for the gold. Watermelons were once sitting on the ground ripening on the vine, so the ones that have a more distinguished and darker-yellow ground patch are the ones that were left to ripen longer than the ones that are a more white-colored patch, or in some cases no patch at all.
A Perfect Watermelon Has a Hollow Sound
Some believe the habit of knocking on the watermelon is pointless, but the ones that have a hollow sound are going to be ripe and taste much better than the ones that give a dull thump.
A Perfect Watermelon Feels Heavy
Watermelons are mostly made of water, so if your fruit is light when you lift it, it is probably dry. Water is pretty heavy, think about how heavy a gallon of water feels verse an empty gallon. So in the case of watermelons, the heavier your watermelon is (relative to other watermelons the same size) the better. Therefore, always pick the ones which are heavier than expected.
A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. A green tail indicates that it was picked too soon and will not taste as good. Go for the watermelons that have dried darker tails for the best taste.
Look For a White Scars
If you see any small white scars, this is evidence that the watermelon so sweet and jummy that insects were trying to get some, too. You’ll know it’s ripe and sweet if you see these scars.
Size and Color
It is better to choose neither the largest nor the smallest watermelon. Don’t go for too small or too big, but just right. And note, large or small, the watermelon should feel heavy for its size, because size matters. Light colored watermelons have not ripened long on the vine, so always choose darker green ones, with lighter stripes.
Male and Female Watermelon
Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender. The ‘male’ watermelons, are taller and more elongated, while the “female” watermelons are more round and stout. The ’female’ have a rounded shape and are very sweet. The boy watermelons are more watery.