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I Just Learned How To Pick The Perfect Watermelon, And It's Pretty Easy

It's really easy to remember.

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You've been there: You're at the grocery store looking for a watermelon, but have no idea which one to pick among all the identical-looking green spheres.

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It's easy to identify the underripe culprits among soft fruits like strawberries, peaches, or pears, but watermelons' hard shells make them impervious to a simple touch test.

The trick? Simply look for a "field spot," or the yellowish underside of the watermelon that was in contact with the ground during its growth.

If the field spot is white or nonexistent, that means the fruit hasn't been sitting out on the field long enough and is thus underripe. A yellow or even orangeish spot, on the other hand, indicates chlorophyll loss and a ripened fruit.


And, of course, the most conventional way to tell if your watermelon is ripe is to knock on it with your knuckles and listen for a nice, deep sound.

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This method is debated but basically, a deep, hollow thud indicates the watermelon's delicious, high-water content while a more high-pitched sound means the fruit is underripe. (In this video, the first watermelon on the left is the ripe one.)