Springtime is here, which means gardening and eating more farm-fresh fruit in my household! I always struggle picking out my watermelons. My mother knocks on the melon and listens to see if it is ripe. I never understood why! She said it needs to sound deep and not hollow for a sweet and juicy melon. My hearing must be off because that doesn’t always work for me. There must be a better way to know if the watermelon is ripe! So I did some research and found this out:
- Round and uniform shape
- Should feel heavy – juicer
- Find the field spot – yellow spot on the bottom – it indicates that it spent more time ripening on the vine, so it should be sweeter.
In talks with a farmer back home, he said that if you find a watermelon with all of the above traits, check if the stripes on the watermelon are 2 finger lengths apart, and you got a sweet melon!
What are your ways of knowing if a watermelon is ripe?
Have a great day, and stay peachy!