Summer temperatures are soaring into the hundreds and the last thing we need is to crack open a watermelon and find it pink, cracked, and dry.
This summer fruit is extremely refreshing, but only if it's sweet and juicy.
Before I learned how to pick the perfect watermelon, I just went with my gut.
I had this idea that smaller would be better, but then I got a few small watermelons and the insides were like mush.
I've also gotten big watermelons that were extremely dry and looked like the image you see below.
But every now and then I'll come across a perfectly ripe watermelon and try to savor it down to the very last bite.
Instead of praying that your hands will rest on the perfect one, try this hack.
I learned this from a farmer who claims he has never had an unripe or overripe watermelon in his life.
Ever since he taught me this trick, I haven't wasted a cent!
The Perfect Watermelon In 5 Steps
Next time you're standing in front of a box full of watermelons, don't panic. Follow these simple steps and get the bang for your buck.
1) Knock, knock
Who says grocery shopping is no fun? The art of picking the perfect watermelon has to do with sound.
So don't be afraid to pick up a watermelon one by one and knock on it. You'll want to listen closely to hear a sharp ring, but not too high-pitched.
If the sound is too low, it's likely that the watermelon is overripe, and if the sound is high-pitched, it's not ready yet.
2) Notice the size
The rule of thumb here is to not choose the biggest nor smallest watermelon. Just make sure the watermelon feels heavy.
Also, elongated watermelons are more watery and rounded-shaped watermelons are sweeter.
3) Look for a yellow spot
Many people think a good watermelon is more green than white.
In fact, if your watermelon has a yellow or orange-yellow spot, it means that it's ready to be eaten.
The part of the watermelon that rests on the ground doesn't get sun exposure, which is a big clue to identify the ripeness of the watermelon.
White patches mean that the watermelon is not ripe yet.
4) Check for "webbing"
Before I knew how to pick out ripe watermelons, I never touched fruit with blemishes on it.
They looked like they've been through a lot and I didn't want to waste my money on something that looked damaged.
Turns out, watermelons that have brown spots that look like spider webs are sweeter.
According to farmers, these are "pollination" spots.
5) Find the tail
The tail of a watermelon will almost always indicate its ripeness.
If it's shriveled and dried out, it means that it's ripe.
If it's still green, it means that the watermelon was picked too soon. Keep in mind, sometimes these watermelons will not reach ripeness.
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