How to pick a watermelon?

There are several ways to tell if your watermelon is ripe. The brightest spot on the fruit is a good indicator of how long it's been on the vine
There are several ways to tell if your watermelon is ripe. The brightest spot on the fruit is a good indicator of how long it's been on the vine. Another way is to feel it - it should be heavy in your hand, but not soft. It should also have no visible bumps or dents. The skin of a rotten watermelon is dark green.

If the skin on a watermelon is dull or shiny, it's not ripe. The spot on a watermelon tells you whether it's ripe or not. It should have a dark yellow-brown patch and a softer texture than the rest of the rind, while one without a spot is still green. This means it's been picked too early.  If the skin looks shiny, it's too old.

If you can see a brown tendril on the fruit, then it's ripe. If the rind is not thick, the watermelon will not be sweet. If the stem is white or yellow, it's too early to pick it. A good watermelon has a rind that feels firm. The darker the rind, the sweeter the juice. 

One easy way to tell if a watermelon is ripe is to listen to it. Try to tap the rind of a melon. The rind should have a slight give. If it doesn't, it's overripe. Smelling is the easiest way to tell if a mash is sweet or not.

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