We should pay attention when we choose a watermelon, how it looks. What you want is a symmetrical and hard watermelon that has no soft parts on the rind or cracks and dents.
Don’t buy it, even if there’s slight damage to the exterior, because it’s always transferred inside, no matter what the nature of the damage. As a result of water deficiency or excessive exposure to sun these irregularities appear during the growth period.
- Check the yellow area on the watermelon rind
The yellow area on the rind shows where the watermelon rested on the ground while ripening in the sun. If this place is pale or doesn’t even exist, it means that the watermelon was picked too early. If it is darker shade of yellow, it means that the watermelon has ripened properly.
A ripe watermelon comprises 93% water and 7% sugar. That means that in a bucket of water the watermelon should float on the surface. But when we go to market, we don’t have bucket of water, so the best is to compare two watermelons and it is sweeter than one that is heavier.
To check if the watermelon is ripe or not, you can use the ‘knocking’ method. An unripe watermelon gives a deeper tone than a ripe one.
If the color of the watermelon is dark green and matte that means perfect ripe watermelon. Usually shinier watermelons are less lenient.