Once again watermelons are in season, and it’s just in time too as summer begins to really heat up! Aside from the obvious hydrating properties, watermelon has many health benefits that make it a great addition to any diet. Not only do watermelons contain surprisingly high amounts of antioxidants which are key to preventing the development of cancer, they too contain lycopene which protects against heart disease and hypertension, and fiber that prevents constipation while also helping keep obesity at bay. You should go and buy one right now! But first, to make sure you pick the tastiest, juiciest, and most importantly, the most vitamin-packed watermelon, read our top tips to select the perfect watermelon…
Check it out properly! – We’ll start with the obvious…check it out! If the melon is covered in deep gashes, has fruit fly burrow holes all over it, has rotten patches or feels soft and mushy it’s clearly not the one for you. A good ripe melon will have a deep green color, and a solid thick feeling rind.
Weight – We know that you probably don’t walk around carrying a set of scales with you everywhere you go, but weighing a watermelon is a good indication of its quality and ripeness. When out shopping, if there is no fruit scale in the store, simply pick up the watermelon and hold it between your hands. Does it feel surprisingly heavy, especially for its size? If it does, that’s a good indication that it’s ready to eat. Ripe and high-quality watermelons contain more water (up to 92% more!), meaning the heavier it is for its size, the better!
Yellow Spots – Green watermelons that have been sitting out in the sun for a good amount of time develop a light yellow or green shaded patch on the bottom. This is because the chlorophyll that makes the skin of the melon green is attracted to the top of the fruit that basks in the sunlight. This is a good indication that the melon has had adequate amounts of sunlight for a good period of time, and therefore its flavor, vitamin count, and water density will be well developed.
To tap or not to tap the melon – Ok, so lots of “watermelon experts” will tell you that by giving the melon a good tap, thud, whack, punch or slap you can hear how ripe the melon is… To some extent, this is true, because riper melons with a higher water density will reverberate a deep, hollow sound, whereas less ripe ones will sound wood-like and dull. However, often the difference is too close to call, and unless you’re a seasoned melon tapping veteran who’s traveled the world compiling an anthology of the different sounds made by more or less ripe watermelons, we suggest skipping this one out as it may cause confusion!
Nothing comes close to the refreshing hydration of a good, fresh slice of watermelon, and with our handy perfect watermelon hunting tips, you can go out there and grab the best watermelon you can get your hands on. Happy hunting!