What's the official fruit of Independence Day? Well, we're not sure there is one, but we are sure that no one would argue against it being watermelon. But, buying melons can be intimidating! As you make your way through the produce section of your favorite grocery store, it's easy to tell how ripe certain foods are. Tomatoes, bananas, green beans - just by looking at these fruits and veggies, you will know if they are ready to eat. Melons, on the other hand, hide the truth inside their rind.
With the following tips, you'll at least be able to make a good guess about how ripe your potential watermelon is on the inside...
The thump test
When selecting a watermelon, try thumping it with your hand. If the melon sounds hollow, this usually means that it is ripe. An unripe melon will have a thud-like sound instead. Remember, though, that this method is not entirely reliable as the hollow sound may also mean that the melon is too ripe.
The color test
Find the spot where the melon once rested on the ground. If there is a creamy or yellowish color spot, the watermelon is probably pretty ripe. A white or pale green spot means that it is probably not yet ready to eat.
This month we will be bringing you several watermelon recipes so you can make the most of your purchase. Want to be notified when we have new posts like these? You can subscribe to this blog via email by entering your email address in the sidebar just below our store hours.
* Ripeness testing techniques from Albert's Organics. Post by Julia Berry.