How To Pick A Perfect Watermelon every time. There’s a definite art to picking the very best watermelons. It involves weighing the watermelon between your hands, turning it over, and giving it a firm thwap! on the underside. Why? A heavy watermelon with a splotch on its belly and a hollow sound means it is brimming with juice and at the peak of its ripeness.
- Ripe melons have a hollow sound when you tap or slap the outside. A watermelon is ripe when you hear “punk” rather than “pank” or “pink” when you tap it with your finger.
- It should feel relatively heavy when lifted.
- Make sure it has a prominent yellow spot. This is where it sat on the ground ripening. No spot = premature pick = not ripe.
- Look for “webbing”. This is the brown, course web looking materiel. This is caused when bees pollinate the flower and scar the membranes that later forms the fruit. The more pollination = more webbing = sweeter fruit.
- Shake it. If you hear things moving inside, it’s overly ripe.