Summer, sun, watermelon
It is probably THE fruit of summer: watermelon! If the temperatures rise, we can hardly wait to sit in the sun and bite into the fruity and fresh watermelon. But how do we know in the supermarket whether a melon is sweet and ripe? Don’t they all look the same anyway? Not quite! We’ll give you four simple signs to look out for the next time you shop.
1. Finding the stain
As each melon grows on the ground, it gets a stain on one of its ends. If it is white, it means that you should leave the melon lying around. On the other hand, if the stain is a bit yellow, you can take it easy and put it in the shopping cart.
2. The knock test
Another clue is a simple knock test. Lightly tap or snap your fingers against the bowl and listen for the exact sound. Immature melons have a dull, light sound. Ripe melons, on the other hand, sound hollow and dark.
3. A look at the bowl
Even if it doesn’t look nice, it is an optimal sign for the taste: cracks and scars in the skin! They are a good sign that the fruit is properly ripened. In addition, the skin of ripe melons is not shiny and has a rather dull surface. The color is also not entirely unimportant: the darker the shell, the sweeter the red meat inside will taste.
4. Male or female?
Yes, melons also have a gender! If the watermelon is large and elongated, it is male. Smaller, round melons, on the other hand, are feminine and taste much sweeter. This also applies to its weight: the heavier a watermelon, the sweeter it is.
By the way: just don’t throw away the seeds
The unpopular remnant of the melonan ash – the kernels – are full of important vitamins. It is therefore advisable to eat them with you. However, if the kernels are too bitter for you, we will reveal three ideas of what you could do with the watermelon kernels instead.