Picking Melons Like A Pro

Picking out the best watermelon can be a difficult task. The first thing you want to do is look at the rind of the watermelon. You should be looking for any signs of damage, including brown spots or scars that are evident. Next, feel how heavy it is- you want to feel for a heavy watermelon for its size. What this denotes is that the watermelon has a higher sugar and water content. Next, you want to examine both the blossom end as well as where the stem is. What you are looking for on the blossom end is that no place indicates that rot has begun. You look here because, after fertilization of the flower, the blossom will fall off; sometimes, this process is impeded and allows for spoilage. Then you want to check out the stem side. What you are looking for here is stem slip. This means that you are looking for the watermelon with a divot where the stem attaches. I liken this to looking for an innie belly button as opposed to an outie. This means that the watermelon was ready to come off naturally and is at its peak. As far as the rind goes, be wary of scars or any abrasions, as this may denote that there are issues on the inside. I hear many people talk about the yellow spot that is found on melons. This yellow spot is created from a lack of exposure to the sun. I actually know some home growers that will rotate their watermelons so that there is no yellow spot. But commercial farmers are not going to spend money or the manpower to have this done. So it is a general rule not to worry about the yellow spot.

PRO-TIP: The yellow spot is always the lowest part of the watermelon and is typically the part that is on the ground and isn't exposed to sunlight. This part of the watermelon tends to be sweeter than other parts as this is where the sugars tend to gather.

In the photo on the left, you can see where the stem has slipped off of the watermelon. On the right, you can see where it has wilted to the watermelon but has not released.

On the bottom, you can see where the rind has been blanched because it has had very little contact with the sun. This is also going to be the sweetest part of the watermelon.

As you can see our watermelon has great texture and very little rind.

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