Watermelon season is in full swing! But, how do you know how to select the best watermelon? Dawn Bryan, founder of The Qualipedia, offers tips on how to pick the right watermelon and how to ripen watermelons.
How to Select the Right Watermelon:
- Coloring - The watermelon should have bright firm skin, be symmetrical, and free of cuts, major bruises and scars.
- Weight - Pick up the watermelon to feel whether it is heavy. The heavier the watermelon the more water it contains, which translates to a very luscious fruit.
- Size - Make sure that you pick a watermelon that is the right size for your needs -- you don’t want to waste any juicy bite.
- The Thump Test - The last test you need is the thumping method. You want to hold the watermelon close to your ear, thump it, and listen for a hollow sound. This means that you’ve got yourself a good watermelon
How to Ripen and Store Watermelon:
If your watermelon isn’t quite ready to cut open and serve, make sure that you store it at room temperature, giving it time to reach its prime ripeness. However, if you have a melon that’s ready to eat you can cool it off in your fridge for a couple of hours so that when you’re ready to serve it, it's ice cold and delicious. Be sure to wrap all your leftovers in plastic and keep them in the refrigerator.
For more of Dawn's tips and recipes for watermelon, click on www.qualipedia.com. Thanks Dawn!