August 3rd marks National Watermelon Day! Around this time many will rush to the supermarket to pick up a sweet watermelon for their family to enjoy. However, try as you might, but it's nearly impossible to tell what the inside of a watermelon looks like without cutting into it. That's why picking a ripe watermelon can truly be a gamble. Due to an increase in the number of "How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon" searches conducted on Google, this is a task that many struggle with. However, by following these tips, you're sure to become a watermelon-picking expert!
As Kim Severson writes in the New York Times, you want a watermelon that's uniform in shape with a dull, matte sheen. "Odd bumps and curves can mean it was grown with irregular runs of water or sun."
You may have heard or even witnessed someone thumping a watermelon, knocking on the rind of the melon to hear what sound it makes. Although this may seem a bit odd, there is some logic to this test. By thumping on the rind, you are basically trying to judge the water content of the fruit. If it sounds hollow when you tap your fingers, it's good melon. A dull sound, or a deep thud, means the fruit isn't ripe yet.
One of the more objective and tried-and-true ways to tell if a watermelon is ripe is if there is a creamy yellow spot on it. Although it looks like a spot where a watermelon might've gone bad, this is actually a mark from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. According to the experts at the National Watermelon Promotion Board, this yellow splotch also known as the field spot, is indicative of chlorophyll loss and thus ripeness.
You also want to make sure there's no stem on your watermelon; that indicates the watermelon was picked too early and didn't have a chance to fall off the vine.
Be sure to checkout the Childcare Network Pinterest Page for yummy watermelon recipes the whole family will enjoy.
Source: Extra Crispy