In Cyprus, the season of gourds has begun. Melons and watermelons are plentiful! Sell them in stores and on hand. Very often on the roads you can find trucks full of huge, and, it seems to us, sweet watermelons. But it is not known how long they were collected from the field and how much time they are trying to sell. Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing the largest berry in the world.
The appearance will tell a lot. In good, ripe watermelons, the skin color is bright and contrasting, and the skin itself is hard and shiny. If the nail easily pierces it, it means that the watermelon is immature.
Ripe watermelon – it is almost always juicy and sweet. No need to chase the giants, however, the smallest is not worth choosing. From the fruits of one variety and one batch, choose a rather large and at the same time light – weight is the first sign of ripe watermelon. By the way, thanks to the light pulp, a ripe watermelon floats in the water, and an unripe one drowns.
Round or oval stain
Another parameter of the appearance of the watermelon is a yellow, and sometimes even an orange spot. This is the same barrel on which the watermelon was aged on the field. The size of this spot should be 5 cm for medium-sized varieties, and for large 10 cm. A very large spot is an excuse to refuse such a watermelon – probably it did not have enough light when it ripened, which makes it tasteless. You should also not take a watermelon with a white spot – this, most likely, ripened under adverse conditions and is unlikely to be tasty.
Boy or girl? You may remember from biology lessons that watermelon is a bisexual berry. Girls (they can be recognized by their flatter bottom and wider circles) are tastier, as they have more sugar and fewer seeds. Less tasty boys have a convex bottom and a small circle on it.
Clap, crunch, listen . Choosing a watermelon by sound is a delicate matter and requires some skill. To choose the right watermelon you need to be able to distinguish a dull sound from a voiced one. When tapping, the watermelon should make a clear sound – this indicates the porosity of the pulp, and, therefore, the ripeness of the watermelon. In addition, a ripe watermelon always seems to spring under the blow. Try squeezing a watermelon – if at the same time it slightly crackles, then this indicates its maturity and juiciness of the pulp.
Pay attention to the ponytail . The tail or stalk of your future watermelon should be required. Her absence should alert, perhaps she was deliberately torn off to hide the poor quality of the watermelon. A good mature fruit should be moderately yellow and dry, but not over-dried. If the stalk of the watermelon is overdried, this may mean that the watermelon is ripped off and stored for a long time.
Have a sweet summer!