Steps to Identifying a Ripe Watermelon
Here are the steps to identifying a ripe watermelon:
- Look the melon over and ensure that it’s firm and free from bruises or dents.
- Lift it to see how much it weighs. It should be heavy – if one seems lighter than others, it may have lost its water and spoiled.
- Turn it over. A healthy watermelon will have a rich yellow spot on its underside, which was formed during the ripening process as it sat in the sun. A common misconception is that stripes indicate ripeness; having stripes is just a characteristic of some watermelons.