As I’ve said many times before, my all-time favorite fruit is watermelon. These days I eat at least one watermelon every day.
Watermelons can be tricky though, it’s not easy to tell if they are ripe and delicious or bland and disappointing if you don’t know a few tricks. I always check at least three or four watermelons before deciding on one, and I always get good results.
- First, I check for any signs of damage to the watermelon. If it has cracks or dents in it, you don’t want it.
- Also, look for a white/yellow patch on its bottom. This is a good sign. If the green stripes go all around the melon, it’s probably not ripe yet.
- Lift the watermelon up and get a feel of its weight. The higher the density, the juicier the watermelon. Then lift it to your ear and gently tap the watermelon. You want to hear a hollow, “singing” sound, a bit like that of a tom-tom drum. If you hear dull thuds, stay away. This is the most important technique to tell whether a watermelon is ripe or not. It is also the most interesting-looking technique. People always stop and stare when I pick up watermelon after watermelon and listen to them. But I figure they are just jealous, since they don’t have this most important skill.