With the summer heat making its way into Montana, that means more people will be BBQing. More BBQs mean more burgers being grilled, more beer being consumed AND more watermelon being eaten. But, how do you find that perfect, sweet watermelon? Well, we found three easy steps on whataboutwatermelon.com that will ensure you will get the sweetest, ripest watermelon available:
1. LOOK – Your watermelon should be firm, symmetrical and free of major bruises or scars. Some minor scratches are okay, however. After all, the purpose of that thick rind is to protect the delicious contents inside. Ripe watermelons should also be dark green in color.
2. LIFT – The ripest watermelons have the most water. And since watermelons are 92 percent water, your watermelon should be relatively heavy for its size.
3. TURN – Turn your watermelon over and check out its bottom, which should have a creamy yellow spot (also called “the ground spot”). This is where the watermelon sat on the ground while it soaked up the sun at the farm. If this spot is white or greenish, your watermelon may have been picked too soon and might not be as ripe as it should be.