How to Pick a Perfect Watermelon

Choosing a ripe watermelon can occasionally feel like an overwhelming task. However, armed with the right knowledge and a few handy tips, you can easily master this art.

The Refreshing Watermelon: A Nutrient Powerhouse

Watermelon, a fruit primarily composed of water – about 92% not only provides a refreshing respite from the heat, but also offers a plethora of nutrients. Watermelons are a rich reservoir of Vitamins A and C, along with potent antioxidants.

A Guide to Picking a Ripe Watermelon

Here are 4 primary indicators to look out for when picking a ripe watermelon.

1. The Hollow Sound. A ripe watermelon, when tapped, should emit a hollow sound. This distinctive sound is a result of the water content inside the ripe watermelon resonating a hollow echo when tapped. In contrast, an underripe or overripe watermelon may produce a dull, less resonant sound. To draw a parallel, the sound of a ripe watermelon when tapped is reminiscent of the sound of a drum.

2. The Weight Factor. The weight of a watermelon can serve as a reliable indicator of its ripeness. A ripe watermelon should feel heavy relative to its size. This is because a ripe watermelon is brimming with juice, which contributes to its weight. When you lift the watermelon, it should feel dense and heavy, indicating that it’s ripe and ready to be enjoyed.

3. The Yellow Spot. A ripe watermelon should sport a yellow spot. This yellow spot, also known as the field spot, is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground during its growth phase. If the spot is white or green, the watermelon is likely not ripe. However, a yellow spot is a clear sign that the watermelon is ripe and ready for consumption.

4. The Webbing Indicator. The presence of webbing on a watermelon can also be a good indicator of its ripeness. Webbing refers to the brown, coarse, web-like lines on the watermelon. The more webbing, the better, as this signifies that the watermelon has undergone extensive pollination, which typically results in a sweeter fruit.  Fruits with larger webbings are sweeter than those with smaller webbings.

~ edited excerpts from “The Art of Selecting a Ripe Watermelon”, Medium (26 June 2023)