Watermelon is the perfect summer fruit, watery and refreshing, packed with nutrients and low in calories. A slice of watermelon is the perfect snack at any time of day. If a whole watermelon is too large for you, buying a wedge or half is easy as you can see it’s inside! Buying a whole watermelon is definitely more challenging, but there are some great tips to help you pick the best one!
Never be in a hurry to buy a watermelon! Grabbing the first one you see, makes it a hit, and miss affair. You need to compare a few to see which one is likely to be the sweetest and most flavorsome.
5 Tips On How To Pick A Good Watermelon:
1. Check the colour
The darker the color the better! If you can find a dark green melon with lighter green stripes, this is the ideal coloration and suggests it is a mature fruit.
2. Check the shape of the watermelon
Size does not count where watermelons are concerned. You will have the chance to buy an absolute whopper – usually oval in size. This is definitely not going to be the best watermelon on sale! The large oval shape indicates that the watermelon will taste watery, and it is actually better to look through the selection to see if you can find a medium-sized round watermelon as this will be the sweeter tasting one.
3. Press the tip of the watermelon.
If the watermelon is ripe, you will find that the skin at its tip will give just slightly under your fingers and this is an indication of its ripeness. Check the tail end of the watermelon as this should have withered. This indicates that the watermelon had stopped growing and is mature.
4. Look at the colour of its ‘ground spot’
This is the part of the watermelon that was lying on the ground, so it is a creamy color rather than green. As the watermelon ripens, the color of this part of the melon turns to a pale creamy yellow -and yes, if your chosen melon has this, it is going to be a good buy!
5. Tap your watermelon!
This may sound a strange thing to do, but you are listening for a deep hollow sound as this shows that the watermelon has matured and is ready to eat. Your chosen watermelon should also feel heavier than you expected for its size!
Is watermelon good for you?
Ripe watermelons are actually 90% water, so eating them helps you to keep rehydrated. Watermelons are rich in 3 Vitamins A, B, and C. They also contain Potassium and Magnesium and are a good source of natural antioxidants, including beta-carotene and lycopene- this helps protect against heart disease, diabetes, as well certain cancers.
How can I eat watermelon?
Watermelon tastes great as a snack all day long, just cut into bite-sized pieces and chill in the fridge. Other ways to enjoy your watermelon is to toss plenty of the bite-sized pieces into a salad or to serve them with slices of Prosciutto or cubes of Feta or Halloumi.
Storage tips for watermelon
It is essential that once you have cut into your watermelon, that you keep the leftover wedge in the fridge as it will go bad in just a couple of hours at room temperature.
Before you pop the wedge in the fridge, protect its cut edges with plastic as this will stop the watermelon from absorbing other flavors. The watermelon will keep like this for two-three days.