Who doesn’t love watermelon? Most people are obsessed with this delicious and refreshing fruit. Sometimes we think that unless you’re an experienced farmer, buying a juicy, tasty, fully ripe, and sweet watermelon is hit or miss. However, it doesn’t have to be if you look for a few things when you’re picking out your melon. In fact, you can tell whether a watermelon is ripe without actually cutting it.
Once you pull a watermelon off the vine, it’s done. Finished. No more ripening. In a hurry to get watermelons to the market, farmers pluck some of the watermelons a bit early. If you look at the bottom of the watermelon, there should be a creamy patch (like the image at the top of the article). The bigger and darker it is, the better.
Watermelons should be a darker green. Very light watermelons may not have ripened long enough on the vine. The watermen should have contrasting dark with lighter stripes, according to A Delightsome Life.
Watermelon is primarily made of water. A watermelon that feels light for its size is probably dry (and gross!). A juicy, ripe watermelon will feel a little heavier than it looks. You may have to pick up a few for comparison.
Watermelons should be oval and uniform. If the melon has bumps, lumps, and indentations, skip it. Even coloring and shape means the melon got enough sun and water (food!) to grow and ripen properly. Ripe watermelons shouldn’t be shiny. The shine could indicate that the melon isn’t quite ripe.
If the melon still has a stem on it, move along. This means the melon didn’t come off the vine easily so it wasn’t quite ripe. You could look for a melon with a slightly indented end (where the stem would be). This indicates that the melon fell off the vine on its own, according to
Knocking on watermelons is a surprisingly divisive topic. According to What About Watermelon, knocking is pointless. You can knock and listen for a hollow sound, but you’re going to get better results by looking at the color, shape and yellow spot.