5 tips to select the best and sweetest watermelon

What to look out for if you want a ripe and sweet watermelon

It's always a disappointment when you come home with a bunch of fruits only to peel them or cut them open and they're bitter or tasteless. While you can tell whether the fruit is ripe enough or sweet just from the texture or looking at it, unfortunately for some fruits, you just have to either have prior know-how from experience or wing it and hope for the best. Fruits are an important part of the diet as they are rich in nutrients vital for the body.

Lucky for us, we can now know which watermelon to pick thanks to a certain agricultural company that decided to share some handy tips. Through their Facebook page, Mak-Migro Farms Ltd shared these great tips to help us pick the best watermelon.

1. Spot the webs.

When you see a watermelon with some web designs, that's an indication that bees have touched parts of the pollinating flower many times, and more pollination means that the particular watermelon is sweeter.

2. Size.

According to the farm, choose a watermelon that's neither too large nor too small. While still on the size, the weight of the fruit should match the size. For instance, don't pick a small watermelon that feels heavier than it should be and vice versa.

3. Fruit 'gender'.

Apparently, farmers differentiate the 'boys' and 'girls' from the shape of the fruit. The 'boys' appear elongated and bigger and are watery while the 'girls' are rounded in shape, smaller, and very sweet.

4. The tail.

Look at the tail. A dried tail means that the fruit is ripe. A green tail could indicate that the fruit was picked too soon and will not be ripe.

5. Look out for a field spot.

Most watermelons will have a yellow spot. This is called the field spot and is where the fruit rested on the ground. Ripe watermelons will have a cream or yellow to orange-ish field spot while unripe melons will have a white field spot.

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