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How To Pick A Fully Ripe Watermelon

Picking a fully ripe watermelon can be a bit of a challenge, but there are a few common methods that can help you identify one, regardless if you are buying a watermelon on the market, grocery shop, or you are testing watermelons in your own garden.

Of course, there is no full-proof method for testing how ripe watermelon is, except one - take a sharp knife and slice it open.

Published: April 28, 2023.

watermelon in the garden

Here are some tips to keep in mind when selecting a ripe watermelon:

  • Check the weight: A ripe watermelon should feel heavy for its size. This indicates it's full of water and has a juicy, ripe interior.
  • Look for the sugar spot: A ripe watermelon will typically have a creamy, yellowish spot on its surface. This is where the fruit rested on the ground and ripened in the sun. A white or pale green spot may indicate that the watermelon is underripe.
  • Examine the color: A ripe watermelon should have a uniform, matte green color. Avoid those with shiny skin, as this may indicate the fruit is underripe. Also, avoid those with irregular bumps, dents, or flat sides, which can be signs of uneven ripening or poor growing conditions.
  • Knock on it: When you gently knock on a ripe watermelon, it should produce a deep, hollow sound. This is because the water content inside creates a resonant cavity. If the sound is dull or flat, the fruit may be underripe or overripe.

watermelon green stem

  • Check the stem: If the watermelon still has a stem attached, it should be brown and slightly dried. A green stem is a sign that the fruit was harvested too early and may not be fully ripe.

dry watermelon stem

  • Smell it: A ripe watermelon should have a slightly sweet and fragrant aroma. If you can't detect any scent or if it smells overly sweet, it may be overripe.

sliced watermelon

Remember that these methods are not foolproof, and the best way to know for sure if a watermelon is ripe is to cut it open and taste it. With practice, you'll get better at selecting ripe watermelons using these tips.

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