Picking The Perfect Watermelon
Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - The summer season is upon us and with it comes backyard barbecues and outdoor picnics.
Neither of which would be complete without the addition of a fresh and juicy watermelon. But how can you ensure the watermelon you choose is ripe?
When choosing a ripe watermelon:
- Look for one that is firm and symmetrical and is free of bruises, cuts and dents.
- Lift it up! It should also feel heavy for its size (being 92 per cent water).
- Finally, turn it over. On the underside, there should be a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.
- Once you get it home, a whole watermelon will remain fresh at room temperature for up to seven days.
Care & storage for cut watermelon
- Refrigerate to preserve maximum freshness.
- Cover the cut surface with plastic wrap to prevent the flesh from becoming mushy.
- Store chunks of watermelon in covered plastic containers.
Today watermelons are available in a range of varieties. From traditional watermelons weighing in at 9 to 35 lb (4 to 16 kg) to personal types that are cantaloupe sized and weigh between 3 and 8 lb (1.4 and 3.6 kg). As well, both seeded and seedless types are widely available.