One of my favorite summer treats is cold watermelon. It’s a light and refreshing treat on hot (humid!) summer days. As great as watermelon can be, I have always had a difficult time picking the best watermelon.
I remember as a kid trying to pick the greenest watermelon because I thought it would be the best. We would knock on the melons and I had no idea why but everyone did it so there must be a reason. Now, after Jared shared his tricks with me, I have much better luck when picking out a watermelon.
A few tips to pick out the Best Watermelon
You want the melon to have a nice big SUN SPOT. Some watermelons don’t have large sun spots or any sun spot. Avoid the sun spotless melons. According to almanac.com “a green watermelon will have a white bottom; a ripe melon will have a cream or yellow colored bottom. “
Bees will sting a sweet watermelon. BEE STINGS cause small black beads of sugar to form on the melon. Watermelons with bee stings will be sweet.
The SOUND of the watermelon when you tap it should have a nice ring. Bum Bum Bum. The pitch shouldn’t be too low or too high. If the pitch is too low the fruit could be mushy. If the pitch is too high the fruit could be more firm. You should tap a few different melons to get a good ear for it.
What tips do you have for picking out the best melon?