How to Pick
Picking the best watermelon can seem like magic! Here some tips on how to pick the best of the best.
By tapping a melon you can identify the crispness of the flesh.
As the flesh of the melon breaks down, it loses its capacity to properly transfer the vibrations of a tap. When the flesh is crisp, it will have a deep bass sound. The less pronounced the sound, the more mealy the flesh.
Scratches and imperfections in the skin can be a good sign.
Spending all day tapping every melon can be a lost cause during an early harvest. Try to pick the ones that have scratches. Wildlife and Honey bees will use their exceptional senses to choose the healthiest of the crop to try and eat!
Dark blotches and give in the shell of the melon are extremely ripe!
When a melon shell has give, it means that the interior has become exceptionally mealy. Dark stains on the outside of the melon mean that the juice of the watermelon has soaked the shell. These watermelons are at their peak ripeness, extremely sweet, but very mealy. If you are juicing your watermelon, or making sweets use these melons!
Variety: Red Seeded
The red seeded watermelons are notable for their shape which tends to be much more oblong than seeded varieties. While seededs are often hailed for their superior flavor, this is often due to the extended shelf life of the seeded variety compared to the seedless.
If you hate soggy watermelon, the Fascination is the variety for you. This variety has an exceptionally cripst flesh and a beautiful sheen, making it amazing for fruit salads and place setting!
The Buttercup watermelon is famous for it's bright yellow interior, and is a constant favorite from the melon fields at the Little Purple Barn! Identifying a buttercup is easy if you know the trick! Where as most melons are green with yellow stripes, these watermelon are yellow with green stripes!