How to find a good and ripe watermelon: pick and choose right

How to find a good and ripe watermelon: pick and choose right

How to find a good and ripe watermelon: pick and choose right

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.

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14 Responses to How to find a good and ripe watermelon: pick and choose right

  1. Sephira says:

    I do the same! Or I was brought up with it since it’s what they do in Ecuador too. It’s just a skill from old times, and it works! I’ve had people come up to me asking what I’m doing and I end up teaching them how to “listen to the watermelon”.

    - Fun to read that you do it too :D

    xx Seph

    • Antonia says:

      Cool, I didn’t know you were from Ecuador, Sephira! I’m brought up with this way of choosing watermelons too, so people like you and I are obviously the ones to bring this skill to Scandinavia;)

  2. No one could pick a watermelon like my grandfather and he also liked to knock gently and listen to the sound. The melons and watermelons he used to plant were the best, too. Gosh, I miss him so much…

  3. Araceli Estrada says:

    That’s exactly how I pick my watermelons! My father taught me how to pick them and his father taught him in Mexico.

    The only thing is when people see me doing this in the store they come over to me and ask me to help them pick one. This quickly catches on and I find myself stuck there for a couple of minutes picking watermelons for folks.

    • Antonia says:

      Haha, thanks for such a great comment!:) This happens to me too, and especially to Hannes. He can never say no to people who ask him to choose a watermelon for them in the store, and gets stuck there just like you:))

  4. Pippa says:

    My bf loves watermelon, I grimace and tell him that I have only ever had ones that taste like cucumber, he says I have not lived. Hopefully this marks the end of that recurring conversation. Apparently the watermelon from Burkina Faso are the best (something to do with the desert climate???)

  5. Maggie says:

    I’m not sure if it works the same way in Sweden, but when I worked in the produce department at a grocery store we would voluntarily cut any watermelon in half for customers to check. It’s definitely worth asking at your local grocery store!

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