Saturday, April 16, 2011

How to Choose (select) Nice, Sweet, Ripe, Juicy and Tasty Watermelon - Four easy steps

Watermelon is one my my kids favourite fruits and choosing the right one to buy is rather tricky. There are not much physical tell tale sign to identify nice, juicy, ripe, sweet and tasty water melon. However you can use this four easy steps to identify a good watermelon to buy!
1) Take a look a the tendril (the stem on top of the melon). Ripe watermelon would have brown and dried out stem. If the stem is still green in colour, then very likely the melon is not ripe.
2) Give the melon a thump (knock). Ripe and juicy watermelon have very dull thud. However, unripe melon have tighter and higher pitch sound when thumped. Although this method is widely used, is is not easy to correctly identify a good melon. It is hard to identify the sound when the melon is thumped.
3) The outer skin of ripe watermelon is not shining and rather dull. It is also not smooth anymore. Run your hand across the skin to test it. Next time when you visit a watermelon farm, see how smooth and shining small unripe watermelons are and you will know how to compare it with ripe ones.
4) The lower part of the watermelon that lays on the ground are normally white or yellow in colour. Since they are not expose to the sun, it will not have much of the green chlorophyll. compound. If this part is yellow in colour, then very likely the melon is ripe.

If you are still not sure or cannot find the right melon to buy, then ask the vendor to cut a small portion out to confirm your findings. This is most foolproof test! ha ha ha!
Happy Watermelon shopping and have a nice weekend!

18 comments:

Bananazஇ said...

Got one fast way to choose watermelon. Grab anyone put on a scale ask price pay and done..haha Will find out why Bananaz like speedy gonzales so quick in my random post kakaka.

yummylittlecooks said...

I saw people thump, I also thump, but don't know wht they thumbing for!! Now I know...hahaha..Thanks for the tips.

Jeannie said...

Now armed with your useful tips I can buy sweet melons...I always somehow managed to buy those unriped ones:S

Calvin Soo KJ said...

IMMA BACCCKKKKKK!!!!!! same ol pete. your mouth watering blog always makes me drool by the buckets...lolz.

Hayley said...

Thanks for sharing the tips!

Angie's Recipes said...

THANK YOU!! The watermelons here are 7 out 10 uneatable! It's red, juicy, but it's tasteless. Just like mangoes here...oh man...huge, but you wonder how come mangoes taste so waxy and bland.

Christine said...

Pete, I use the 'good luck' method and hope it's a sweet batch!

Small Kucing said...

very informative. Oo no wonder la each time when i buy w/m with white patch normally will be very ripe.

You know sometimes inside W/m have a strip the white/yellow thing..like a certain part not fully grown ..sometimes very big patch. Is there any method to avoid buying those melon?

reanaclaire said...

hey, thanks for the tips.. i never know how to see, normally i bought those cut already ones.. can see ma.

wenn said...

ya, red juicy watermelon is the best!

suituapui said...

Don't like watermelon. When eating, have to ptui ptui ptui out the seeds. Now got seedless ones...also don't like. LOL!!!

Somewhere in Singapore said...

Thanks for sharing..

tuti said...

good tip. i usually just buy a slice or two. because heavy mah. no car can pengsan.

Mei Teng said...

Watermelons are not my favourites but I don't mind eating them if there are no other fruit choices.

foongpc said...

Thanks for the tips! But I hardly buy watermelons haha! : )

Alice Law said...

So grateful to hv your tips, now we are ready to grab a whole watermelon liao! Yay!

lena said...

thanks for sharing..very helpful since i dont how to choose, i just pick one that looks nice on the surface!

Sheoh Yan said...

Thanks for sharing the tips.

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