6 Helpful Tips to Pick the Best Watermelon
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6 Helpful Tips to Pick the Best Watermelon

To pick the sweetest and juiciest watermelons check out our handy list of tricks and tips:

Step 1: Smooth Shape  

Whether you choose a round, oval or elongated watermelon (all a great choice), just stick to those with a firm, smooth and symmetrical shape.

Avoid the watermelons with irregular bumps, dents, or cuts. Shape irregularities may indicate that the watermelon received inconsistent amounts of water or was not pollinated properly whereas cuts or dents may point to the presence of insects or fungus.

Step 2: Lift it Up

Pick up your watermelon and ensure it’s nice and heavy for its size! This tell usually means that it’s ripe and full of water, and therefore juicier, sweeter and more dense in fibre.

Watermelon is 91% water – hence the name! It is one of the most hydrating and water-rich foods around so it’s no wonder that watermelons are a Summer favourite! Water-rich foods like watermelons also help you achieve a greater feeling of fullness per serving while consuming fewer calories.

Step 3: Yellow Field Spot

If a watermelon has a large yellow spot (known as the field spot or ground spot) this indicates that the melon spent more time ripening on the vine and will be sweeter in flavour.

However, if this spot is white, it suggests that the watermelon was picked too soon and has not reached peak ripeness. Unfortunately once a watermelon has been picked or harvested from the vine, it does not continue to ripen like some other fruits.

Step 4: The Tapping Technique

A popular method among watermelon enthusiasts is ‘The Tapping Technique’. Knock or tap on the watermelon; a ripe watermelon should have a deep sound when you thump it, somewhat resembling a tenor. If it has a hollow or flat sound, it’s likely overripe.

Step 5: Assess its Firmness

A ripe watermelon will have a firm rind, meaning it doesn’t give easily when under pressure. The ones that do are generally overripe.

You may also check firmness by scratching it with your thumbnail, as ripe watermelons are not easily scratched.

6. Check for a Dry Tail

Check the tail (also known as the stem or vine) if it is attached when the fruit is harvested. A dry tail means that the vine delivered all the nutrients to the watermelon and dried up once the watermelon ripened.

A green stem will indicate that the watermelon is not yet ripe and could be sour in taste, as it was harvested too early.

Enjoy your pick of the bunch now that you know what to look for and share your tips so everyone can experience the sweetest and juiciest watermelons this Summer!