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6 Ways to Pick a Good Watermelon

From field spots, to tails, to size — picking the right watermelon can be challenging sometimes, but with the help of 5-Minute Crafts, you will now always be able to pick the right ones!

1. Look for the field spot.

The yellow part of the watermelon is called the field spot. This is the part that has been in contact with the ground. Look for one whose field spot is a creamy yellow. This means it is ripe.

2. Look for webbing.

The more webbing and brown spots it has, the sweeter it is. This part was touched by bees during pollination.

3. Choose between watery or sweet.

Bigger and more elongated watermelons have a watery taste and smaller, rounder-shaped ones have a sweeter taster. With this in mind, choose the one that you prefer.

4. Choose a medium-sized melon.

Look for an average size watermelon. Keep in mind that the best watermelons should also feel heavy for their size.

5. Make sure its tail is dry.

dry tail means that the watermelon is ripe. Note that as it gets drier, the tail eventually ends up falling off. If it’s still green, the watermelon was picked too soon and is still not ripe. Don’t buy watermelons with curly tails.

6. Knock on it with your knuckles.

Your knuckles should bounce off the melon, and its surface should be hard or firm. If you get a dull thud, it might mean that the flesh is soft and the watermelon is starting to spoil.

Please note: This article was updated in September 2021 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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