How to workout with watermelons!
Jun 11, 2019
Watermelons provide a quintessential tropical taste and experience. That feeling of sticky juice dripping down your chin, as you try in vain to catch it with your tongue.
Watermelons are in season and are the perfect in snacks, fruit platters and in lunch boxes. And the best news for anyone with a large group to feed, one watermelon goes a long way!
How to pick the ripest watermelons
Mike from Organic AG gave us 5 easy tips on how to pick the ripest beauties and his advice is to give them a bit of a workout.
- Look at its belly – Watermelons have an underside, or belly, which is in contact with the ground throughout its growth, called a “field spot.” This spot on a ripe watermelon will be yellowish (sometimes referred to as “buttery”), and not white, which indicates an unripe melon.
- Thump it – Flick it with your finger (like flicking a crumb off your shirt). A ripe watermelon will have a hollow sound when knocked, which sounds more like a “plunk” than a “thwack.” An unripe watermelon will have more of a higher pitched sound, while an overripe one will make a “thud” or a lower-pitched sound.
- Sniff it – Pick up the watermelon and carry it a little bit away from the rest of the melons and give it a good sniff. A ripe watermelon should smell slightly sweet.
- Squeeze it – Gently squeeze the side of the watermelon to see if there’s a bit of “give” to it. The rind of the melon shouldn’t be soft, as the skin of some fruits get when ripe, but it also shouldn’t be hard as a rock, with no give to it at all.
- Finally, heft if – If you still can’t narrow down your choice, try comparing the weight of similarly-sized watermelons and pick the one that seems heaviest.