5 tips to pick the perfectly ripe watermelon

The sweet-tasting, succulent watermelons are the finest way to stay hydrated. Watermelon helps in fighting inflammation and keeps the stomach cool.

They can be eaten plain, in salads with mint and feta, or as a juice or smoothie, the possibilities are endless. And each is more refreshing than the last.

But one of the things that often confounds is how to pick the right one. In earlier days, vendors would cut chunks out of the watermelon for you to taste and test.

But lately, with increased concern over hygiene, this is not a popular practice any more. So how can we tell if the watermelon is perfectly ripe?

There are a few easy ways to determine if the watermelon you’re purchasing from your local market is at its peak ripeness and we’ve put them together for you.

Here Are 5 Ways You Can Check If The Watermelon Is Ripe:
1. Check The Weight
Checking the weight of watermelon is great way to find out if it’s ripe. Compare two melons of approximately the same size and weigh them in your hands. The heavier one is more likely to be juicy and ripe than the lighter one.

Check the weight of watermelon before purchasing. Photo Credit: istock

2. Knock On The Melon
Just like knocking at a door, use your knuckles to knock on the watermelon. A ripe water melon will give out a deep sound wheres a less ripe one will have a higher pitched sound. If it sounds hollow or flat, then it is most likely overripe.

3. Smell The Watermelon
Trust your nose and just take in a deep whiff of the watermelon aroma. The sweet and heavy aroma of watermelons is quite distinctive. If you can’t smell anything through the rind, then it is most likely underripe. On the other hand, if the aroma is too strong, then it is most likely overripe.

4. Look At The Texture
The texture of the rind (outer covering) is generally quite telling. Unlike many other fruit, this covering or peel is quite hard but the perfectly ripe watermelon rind will have just a little bit of give when you press into it with your fingers. If it gives in to the pressure quite easily and is bordering on squishy, then it is overripe. An underripe watermelon, however, will have a very hard rind.

5. Check The Colour And Look For the Field Spot
This is the easiest way to find out which watermelon is ripe and which one is not. The ones in dark green color and light green patterns are ripe. You can also check the side of the melon for a patch of colour. If that patch is yellow, then it means that the watermelon ripened on the vine in the field. However if that patch is white, then it is likely that the watermelon was picked too early and not at its peak ripeness.

What’s The Best Way To Store Watermelon?
Until the watermelon is completely ripe and uncut, store it at room temperature on the counter. However, if you have bought a ripe watermelon, ready for consumption, you can keep it in the refrigerator for about a week. It will remain fresh and cool for you to cut into when ready. Simply slice or cube the watermelon and consume it raw. Once cut, the watermelon should be stored tightly covered in the refrigerator and be consumed within 3-4 days.

Now that you know how to pick the perfectly ripe watermelon, tell us how you ate it by leaving a comment below.

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