Watermelons are super awesome for health and a delicious hydrating powerhouse loaded with antioxidants and amino acids, but is finding the best ripe watermelon a discouraging task for you?
Do you just pick one at random hoping for the best?
Do you watch people sniff, tap and touch melons and wonder how they confidently walk away satisfied that they chose just the right one?
You are not alone, picking a nice melon is not as simple as picking berries for sure where you can see their freshness.
Here are a few simple ways to pick just the right melon:
- A melon should not have shiny skin, it should be rather a bit dull looking.
- It should be free of bruises and mushy spots so inspect it all around.
- Where the melon rested on the ground it should have a small creamy yellow patch (like a bald spot)
- indicating readiness
- It should be heavy for its size (bigger does not mean better)
- An asymmetrical oval shape is best
- When its belly is tapped with your palm it should feel hollow
- Know that once it is picked it will not ripen any more
Storing a watermelon:
Watermelons can be kept at room temperature for 1-2 weeks.
Once you slice it you need to wrap it tightly and keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Tip: you can freeze cubes of watermelon to add to a smoothie or instead of ice cubes in cocktails.
Any way you slice them enjoy your watermelons with a bit more confidence that you will now be able to pick a good one!
Nevine El-Chibini is an optimal food coach (naturopath), a volunteer for a decade, a mother and grandmother who lives in Pierrefonds with her husband and cat. She loves to read, learn, write poetry and cook using her husband’s gardening hobby. She uses fun and creative real-life education, content-rich engaging talks and demonstrations to inspire people to join a nutritional wellness revolution. In addition to coaching people one-on-one and in groups, you will find Nevine in multiple venues in the community. Nevine also focuses on other facets of a healthy mind, body, and spirit and so she takes long walks in the forest, jogs and practices yoga.
Join Nevine in ongoing workshops to learn how to cook great food and make health happen today.