Knock knock. Who’s there? A ripe, juicy watermelon. Watermelons are a staple in most households during the summer months. Enjoying my third trimester of pregnancy in the summer has been a bit of a challenge at times, but a few slices of cold watermelon always hits the spot and cools me off. It’s actually one of the very few cravings I’ve had…weird, I know. Who craves healthy foods when they’re pregnant??
Choosing a ripe melon can be hit or miss. Most people thump on them to check their ripeness, but what exactly are they listening for? I personally don’t use the sound test. There are mixed theories on the sounds a ripe watermelon makes, but most bank on those that make a hollow sound when you thump on them with your knuckles. It takes quite a bit of practice to tell the difference between ripe and unripe watermelons, so here are some sure fire tips I use instead to bring home a winner.
- Pick a few watermelons that are about the same size. Choose the heaviest one. This indicates its juiciness. The heavier the watermelon, the juicier it will be.
- Look for the field spot. The field spot is the patch of white or yellow that develops as the watermelon sits on the field and ripens. A ripe watermelon will have a large, creamy yellow spot. The deeper the color, the longer it spent time on the vine ripening. Avoid small, non-existent, or white field spots. These are found on melons that were picked too early. Watermelons won’t continue to ripen once they’re picked like other fruits such as bananas, which contain ethylene.
3. Choose a dark green watermelon with a dull rind. A shiny rind is underripe.
4. Squeeze the sides of the watermelon. You’re looking for a little bit of “give” here. The rind shouldn’t be soft, but it shouldn’t be rock hard either.
Get to the grocery store and give these tips a try, then enjoy you some deliciousness!