Watermelon is the fruit of summer and it is so refreshing and satisfying to have on a hot day. It is considered the “lycopene leader” among fresh produce. Lycopene is an antioxidant which gives fruits and vegetables like red grapefruit and tomatoes their red color. Watermelon comes in different varieties. ‘how to select a good Watermelon #MakmigrofarmsWatermelonTips #healthyfoods #healthylives
It can be very tricky to find out how the inside of a watermelon looks like at just a mere glance, because of its thick rinds but if you know what to look out for, you stand a better chance of selecting a good one.
Some months ago, we posted on our Facebook page some features to look out for to select a good watermelon (do you remember that post?) There were a lot of questions, comments and insights on that post, we appreciate them a lot. This article is an updated version of our watermelon post on Facebook.
How To Select A Good Watermelon
Look out for a uniformly shaped, firm watermelon free from major bruises, dents or scars (Very important) Some minor scratches may be ignored since the thick rind of watermelon protects the fruit. Avoid watermelon that has major bruises or cuts.
Look for a watermelon that is slightly dull green in color. If the watermelon has a very bright shiny green color, it may be underripe.
Pick it up whether big or small, the watermelon should be heavy for its size since a ripe watermelon contains about 92% water (since water is heavy, watermelon should be heavy as well). To get this right, try comparing the weight of two watermelons of same size and variety, the heavier one will be the riper one.
Turn it around and look for a creamy yellow spot (varieties differ as far as how big the spot will be) not a pale or white color spot. A very deep yellow color may mean an overripe one and may be bad inside.
Do you remember the “male” and “female” watermelon from our previous post? (haha) We noticed a lot of us rightly debunked the “male” and “female” part of the post. Well yes, there is nothing like an actual male and female watermelon. The caption of the picture stated that “Many people do not know that farmers differentiate watermelons by gender.” So it is farmers (can’t be generalized though) that classified it as “male” and “female” (this is clear now right?)
Moving on, there was also a technique on our previous post about “tail” that stated “a dried tail indicates the watermelon is ripe.” (Remember?) Actually the “tail” (stem) shows how long the watermelon has been off the vine. A dried “tail” (which usually comes off easily though most watermelons on the market don’t have “tails”) means the watermelon has been off the vine for a while whereas a green, erect “tail” shows a fresh watermelon.
To a farmer, a dried, brown curly tendril and a “spoon” leaf indicates a ripe watermelon.
“Webbing” (yes, there were a lot of controversies around this too) shows that bees touched the pollinating part of the flower and it is believed that it is best when watermelon (fruit) is pollinated by bees.
Finally, the knocking or slapping technique. This technique can really be confusing but experts in this technique swear by it (hahaha.) Knock or tap on the watermelon and select one that makes a well sounding “thud” or one that makes a deep hollow sound. This technique may be good but as said in our previous post, it is very difficult to master.
When ready to prepare, don’t forget to rinse the outside rind with cool running water before cutting into your watermelon. This is because the knife transfers any germs or bacteria that may be on the outside into the melon. And now you’re ready to enjoy your watermelon.
To remove rind from the entire watermelon, cut off both ends just until you reach the pink flesh. Using a sharp knife, slice from the top to the bottom just where the flesh meets the skin and cut into rounds, triangles, stars, slices, cubes as you desire.
How To Store Watermelons
- Keep them a bit cooler than room temperature and refrigerate for a few hours. While refrigeration keeps them from rotting, it also degrades both flavor and texture.
- Cut watermelons should be wrapped in plastic or cling film before refrigeration to preserve their taste without absorbing odors from other foods in the refrigerator.
So now you have all these tips, you can shop for your delicious watermelon without any doubt. Did you try the other techniques from our previous post? Did it work for you? Kindly let us know. Thank you so much for reading.
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