Here's How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon (Photos)

| by Brendan Kelly

Sweet and juicy watermelon on a hot summer day can be refreshing, but when buying from the grocery store, the melons can be fairly hit or miss. Fortunately, there are a number of things to look for when shopping that will help you consistently buy the most delicious watermelons and avoid disappointment in the future.

The first thing to look for when choosing the perfect watermelon is the field spot, or the yellow spot. The field spot is the light spot that shows where the watermelon rested on the ground. When a watermelon is ripe, the spot will be a creamy yellow color, but when a melon is unripe, the spot will be white.

Next, look for the webbing on a watermelon. Webbing occurs when bees touch the pollinating parts of the flower. So, the more pollination that occurs, the sweeter the fruit will be.

One thing you may not know is that there are boy and girl watermelons. According to Bright Side, boy watermelons are longer and will be more watery than sweet. Girl watermelons are rounder and will be much sweeter.

Sometimes when shopping for a watermelon, it can be tempting to go for the biggest watermelon simply to get your money's worth. However, as Shareably points out, you may want to go for an average-sized watermelon. Try to avoid watermelons that are either too small or too big and go for one that's just right. 

Finally, next time you shop for watermelon, take a look at the tail. The tail is another indicator of the melon's ripeness. A green tail means that the fruit was picked too soon and will not be as sweet, while a dried tail indicates that the melon will be riper and sweeter.

Hopefully, these tips will lead you to the perfect watermelon on your next shopping trip.

Sources: ShareablyBright Side / Photo credit: Steve Evans via Wikimedia Commons, Fabulous Farm Girl via Shareably, Mc Thomas via Bright Side

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