A summer bbq isn’t quite complete without a juicy and refreshing watermelon. But it isn’t always easy selecting a watermelon. We’ve seen many tap on their watermelon, knock their watermelon, or even smell it, but do those techniques actually work or do we just leave it up to chance? Here are a few tips to help you select the sweetest and juiciest watermelon this summer.
What to look for in a Watermelon
- Field Spot – These are the yellow spots, due to the place where the watermelon rested on the ground. Ripe watermelons always have creamy yellow or even orange-yellow spots.
- Webbing – Watermelons require pollination of their flowers from bees. This brown webbing is scarring that occurs as a result of the pollination. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon!
- Tail – No Curly Tail! When a watermelon is ripe, the vine that is attached will wither and fall off. When a green tail is attached to a watermelon, it is usually an indication that it was picked soon and did not have enough time to ripen.
- Gender – Farmers differentiate watermelon by gender, ‘boy’ watermelons are tall and elongated while ‘girl’ watermelons are round and stout. Many say boy watermelons are juicier, while the girl watermelons are sweeter.
- Weight – Pick the watermelon up. The watermelon should be heavy for its size. Watermelon is 92% water, most of the weight is water.
Watermelons and other seasonal melons can also be found at our farm stands:
#33, Smith’s Family Farms – https://harvestforyou.com/smith-family-farm/
#21, The Farmer’s Daughter – https://harvestforyou.com/the-farmers-daughter-produce-and…/
#7, The Urban Edge Farm – https://harvestforyou.com/the-urban-edge-farm-store-organic/
#2, Dwelley Family Farms – https://harvestforyou.com/dwelley-farms/