Ripe Watermelon - How to Tell if a Watermelon is Ripe

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** Picking Ripe Watermelon **

By Saad Fayed, About.com Guide

*Question: *Picking Ripe Watermelon
How can I tell if a watermelon is ripe at the supermarket?
*Answer: *Watermelon has to be the one fruit that truly epitomizes summer
in the USA. Well, when it's ripe. Unripe watermelon is a big
disappointment! You spend all that time cutting this huge melon, only to
find it not be to sweet and juicy as you imagined.

-Tips for Picking a Ripe Watermelon-

I have found one of the best places to buy a watermelon is from your local
farmer's market or fruit stand. Fruits like watermelon are picked when
ripe, unlike those found in supermarkets. Watermelons sold in commercial
grocery stores are often picked early,so they can ripen while being
transported. However, the melons can arrive too early, even too late, and
making them, well, just not good.

Look for a melon that is nice looking, meaning free of dents, bruises,
cuts, etc. Check under the melon - if it has a yellow or light bottom, it
should be ripe. If it's stripes are found all around the melon, pass on it.
It's just not ready yet.

You may see people at the market tapping on watermelon. What exactly are
they listening for? The are checking for signs of hollowness. It is sounds
hollow, its ripe. Not hollow, unripe.

Look for a heavy melon. Watermelons are made up of mostly water, so an
ideal melon should be heavy for its size.

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