Saturday, August 15, 2009

How To Tell If A Watermelon Is Ripe~

1. Thump it. If the watermelon sounds hollow, it's ripe. This is difficult for less-gifted ears.

2. Look at the color on the top. The watermelon is ripe when there is little contrast between the stripes.

Watermelon3. Look at the color on the bottom. A green watermelon will have a white bottom; a ripe melon will have a cream- or yellow-colored bottom.

4. Press on it. If the watermelon sounds like it gives a little, it's ripe. (Rhodes doesn't like this method because it can ruin the quality of the fruit.)

5. Check the tendril. If it's half-dead, it could mean that the watermelon is nearly ripe or ripe. If the tendril is fully dead, it could mean that anthracnose or some other fungus killed the melon, or that it's ripe or overripe. If the tendril is green, you should wait to pick the melon.

6. Count the number of days from anthesis (flowering) or the number of days from planting. This works pretty well if you know the variety of watermelon and how many days it's supposed to take for that variety to ripen under normal temperature and fertilizer regimes.

7. Check the size. It's not necessarily true that when a watermelon is big enough, it's ready; but under good conditions, it should be normal size. If it's not, you're probably too anxious.

8. Crack a few. You've got a whole field of watermelons, and you can practice a little, right?

9. Is the vine dead or dying? Well, the watermelon is not going to get any riper, so you might as well pick it.


Miss Jen said...

What a lovely insightful post! :)
Thank you, dearest Carrie!!!!!!!
Blessed Sunday to you.... :)

Love~ Miss Jen

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

My husband and I look at the watermelons at the store and try to figure out how to tell which is the good one. Thanks for this; now we'll know what we're doing and not just fake it :D

Blessing to you, friend.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Hello! I am new to your blog and enjoying it very much. You have wonderful things to share and I look forward to visiting with you more. This is great information on the watermelon. I always have a hard time picking a good one. Have a nice Sunday! Twyla



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