Sunday, July 17, 2011

How to Pick a Ripe Watermelon

I followed this truck load of watermelons returning home from Florida and it got me to thinking, "How do you pick a ripe Watermelon"? Yes I was bored, lol!!!

First, the curly green tendrils will start to yellow and turn brown. This is a sign that the plant is no longer feeding the watermelons and that the right time to pick a watermelon is at hand.

Second, if you pick up a watermelon and thump it with the palm of your hand, sometimes when they are ripe, you will find that they make a hollow sound. Keep in mind that not all ripe watermelon will make this sound, so if it doesn’t make a hollow sound it doesn’t mean the melon isn’t ripe. However, if it does make the sound, it is most assuredly ready to harvest.

Finally, the surface color of the watermelon will become dull. The underside of the watermelon that was on the ground will also turn light green or yellow if it is time when to pick a watermelon.

As you can see, there are plenty of keys to knowing when to pick watermelon, so you cannot go wrong if you watch for the signs. Once you know when to harvest watermelon, you will be well on your way to enjoying fresh watermelon on your summer picnic table.

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