- Look for the creamy, yellow large field spot on the underside of the melon. The more golden, creamy yellow the spot is AND the larger that spot is, the more the fruit has stayed long enough on the vine to become ripe. If the spot is small or white/pale green it’s under-ripe which means your melon will be bitter and pretty gross to be honest.
- Look for brown webbing – this indicates sweetness. This is actually caused during pollination and growth on the flowers of the watermelon plant. When the bees pollinate the flowers the brown webbing/scarring occurs. THIS IS A GOOD THING! The more webbing, the sweeter the melon.
How heavy it is
- You want a heavy one! This is when being heavy is a good thing! The heavier it is, the more juice it has inside. If you pick up a ginormous one and it’s light as a feather, put it back. It means it’s too old and starting to lose moisture.
- Tap the melon. Yep, you read that right, knock on it. It should have a deep, hollow sound when you knock on the underside. If you knock on it and it’s just a thud sound don’t get it.