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Farmer’s tips: How to pick the sweetest, juiciest watermelon

Nothing is as refreshing as a sweet, juicy taste of watermelon on a hot summer day.

But, as many of us learn the hard way, choosing the right watermelon at the grocery store is no easy task. 

The good news is that as opposed to what you may have believed, there are actually great tricks to help identify the perfect, sweet, juicy watermelon you’re craving from head to toe.

Here are some great tips from an actual farmer that were too good not to share. 

1. Look at the spots

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You’ve probably noticed large white spots on you watermelons. These spots, called “field spots” in fact reveal where the watermelon rested on the earth. The spots vary in color, from pale white to deeper shades of beige/gold. Aim for gold.

2. Girl or boy?

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You may not know this (I didn’t!) but watermelons actually have ‘genders’. “Male” watermelon are longer and more oval while ‘female’ watermelons tend to be rounder. ‘Male’ watermelons are often more watery, while the ‘female’ melon is typically sweeter.

3. The size

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The bigger the better, right? Not when it comes to watermelons. A watermelon should also feel heavy when you lift it, otherwise it may indicate that its juicy melon flesh has dried out. And nobody wants that.

4. Look at the stalk

Take a look at the melon’s ‘tail to help determine if the fruit is ripe or not. A ripe watermelon has a dried stalk. If the stalk is green, the melon was harvested too early and will not be ripe.

5. Brown ‘webbing’?

Does the melon have a brown, spider web-like pattern? Grab it. These indicate the amount of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon.

6. Hit the melon

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A more well-known trick is to give the melon a tap. If the melon is juicy and ripe, it will give off a dull, hollow sound. Over-ripe or unripe watermelons won’t let out the noise.

Think these tricks may come in handy the next time you’re on the hunt for a juicy watermelon? Please share these tips to give your family and friends the upper hand, too!

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