How to choose a great watermelon – demystified

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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?

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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!