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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.

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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.

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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.)