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5 Tips to Pick The Perfect Watermelon

5 Tips to Pick The Perfect Watermelon

Ever wonder which watermelon at the market is the best one to choose? You may think it's all up to chance, but believe it or not, there's a way for you to select the perfect watermelon! Read up on these 5 tips from an experienced farmer to pick the perfect watermelon!

1. Field Spot

When viewing watermelons, the first thing that sticks out are those weird white spots. However, these spots (called field spots) are quite natural. The field spot is the area where the watermelon rested on the ground. While every watermelon has a field spot, the best watermelons have creamy-yellow or even orange-yellow spots. Go for the gold.

2. Webbing

The webbing of a watermelon indicates the amount of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon is.

3. Boy or Girl

You may have not known this, but watermelons have genders. The ‘boy’ watermelons, are taller and more elongated, while the “girl” watermelons are more round and stout. The boy watermelons are more watery, while the girl watermelons are sweeter.

4. Size

Our common sense tells us that bigger is better. So we may think that we should get our money’s worth and get the biggest watermelon we can haul onto our carts, but in reality, the best watermelons are average-sized. Don’t go for too small or too big, but just right. Size matters.

5. Tail

The tail of a watermelon indicates its ripeness. A green tail indicates that it was picked too soon and will not taste as good. Go for the watermelons that have dried tails for the best taste.

Source Jersey Demic



This is perfect. I’ve had this concern for some time now. Now I know !

Aug 03, 2017


Thank you very much for this information i been trying to find out from expert how to know when a watermelon is ripe ready pick.

Jul 27, 2017

Kathy Oneslager:

Thank you so much for the information on selecting the “best” watermelons!! Please offer more of this type information on additional fruits & vegetables!! I would truly appreciate it as I’m sure others would as well!!

Thank you!!

Jul 10, 2017

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