There’s nothing more disappointing than buying a nice, big watermelon, cutting it open, only to see that it’s pale pink, and tastes bland; kind of like a cucumber.
A few days ago I was having a discussion with my family about how to choose the perfect watermelon, and there were lots of suggestions, but I don’t think anybody really new the answer. You could try the Jerry Seinfeld approach: role it down the grocery store isle like a bowling ball and if it veers left; it’s ready. Or, use the list below to make your selection. This morning I read a great blog (Healthy Food & Healthy Living) that listed what you should look for to pick a good one every time:
Hollow: When you tap on it, it should sound hollow. Kind of like when you knock on your head (no, I’m not making a joke, it sounds the same!) instead of your chest.
Yellow Spot: the light coloured spot on the bottom where it was resting on the ground should NOT be white; it should be yellow or cream. This will indicate that it’s ripe.
Heavy: when you pick it up, it should feel heavy. I know watermelon is heavy as it is, but it should feel really heavy; this means it’s full of sweet water!
Firm: it should feel firm all over – no soft spots
Regardless of what people are saying; the summer is NOT over yet, and there’s plenty of watermelon left to eat. Plus, it’s really good for you. It’s high in vitamin C, vitamin A and lycopene (an antioxidant), it’s only 50 calories for 1 cup and it will re-hydrate you because it’s 90% water. So get out there, pick the perfect watermelon and keep enjoying the summer!