Watermelon that is ripe should have a thick rind that doesn’t yield readily when pressure is applied to it. The ones that do tend to be overripe in nature. Aside from that, it should not be possible to cut through it if you scrape it with your fingernail. An unblemished watermelon should have a hard rind that does not bend or crack when squeezed and does not readily scratch.
How to pick a Good Watermelon?
How to Select a Quality Watermelon: Tip #1: Locate a suitable field location Tip #2: Select a Watermelon with a drab appearance Tip #3: Knock on It with Your Knuckles Tip #4: Purchase the heaviest one available for its size. Tip #5: Look for a Shape that is Uniform. Sixth tip: Keep an eye out for sugar spots and pollination points.
How can you tell if a watermelon is underripe?
Look for a rich yellow tint to indicate the location of the field. The chances of it being good are slim if there is only a white field spot or no field spot at all. Choose a Watermelon with a Dull Look – A melon with a glossy appearance implies that it is underripe.
What should a watermelon field spot look like?
As seen with my watermelon, the field spot should have a golden creamy tint, similar to the following: Interesting to note is that the opposite side of the identical watermelon has an entirely different appearance, as seen below: Although much more visually appealing and representative of what I envision when I think of a watermelon, this is OK with me.