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Watermelon question

Posted by nickjoseph 5 Milwaukee, WI (My Page) on
Mon, Jul 28, 14 at 1:55

I'm sorry.... I know watermelon is a fruit, but I had no idea where to post this, so please bear with me...
Okay, I read a couple different areas that thumping a watermelon to see if ripe is not the way to go. The articles (at least 2) said look at the base of the watermelon. It should look creamy yellow...NOT white or light green. It should have this brown, rough--what looks kind of like webbing. It is where the bees *kissed* it or in other words pollinated it. It's a bigger plus if there is a black substance that is coming out the end a little. This is sugar or sap. See my picture I took of our melon. It ended up being red and juicy, but not that sweet. How do you all tell if it is ripe and sweet?

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RE: Watermelon question

Like tomatoes, squash, eggplant etc watermelon is a fruiting vegetable. There are 4 commonly used signs that a watermelon is ripe. 1. The tendril where the stem attaches to the vine has dried up . 2, the area where the melon sits on the ground has changed color(easy with dark colored melons, more difficult with white melons) 3.The filmy glaze has faded. 4. Thumping (takes a good ear and experience but quite effective when perfected).

Ripe means a watermelon has completed its reproductive cycle. Sweetness is a characteristic of the variety and its growing conditions. There is wide variance among varieties for sweetness. Growing conditions including shade, stress, incomplete pollination etc can severly affect sweetness.

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