How to pick a perfect watermelon? We’ve all asked this question while buying fruits and vegetables from the grocery store. What is better, big or small size watermelon, with green or dried tail, which one is the sweetest? Here are some answers to these questions.
1. Field Spot
When viewing watermelons, the first thing that sticks out is those weird white spots. However, these spots (called field spots)are quite natural. The field spot is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground. While every watermelon has a field spot, the best watermelons have creamy-yellow or even orange-yellow spots. Go for the gold.
The webbing of a watermelon indicates the number of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon is.
3. Boy or Girl?
You may have not known this, but watermelons have genders. The ‘boy’ watermelons are taller and more elongated, while the “girl” watermelons are more round and stout. The boy watermelons are more watery, while the girl watermelons are sweeter.
Our common sense tells us that bigger is better. So we may think that we should get our money’s worth and get the biggest watermelon we can haul onto our carts, but in reality, the best watermelons are average-sized. Don’t go for too small or too big, but just right. Size matters.
The tail of a watermelon indicates its ripeness. A green tail indicates that it was picked too soon and will not taste as good. Go for the watermelons that have dried tails for the best taste.
Conclusion: The best watermelons have orange-yellow spots, the girl watermelons are sweeter and watermelons that have dried tails are the best taste.