It’s summer which means watermelon season! I love fresh, juicy watermelon. There is nothing worse than bringing home a big watermelon anticipating it’s scrumptiousness, only to cut it open and find out it’s not sweet! You’ve picked a bad melon!
Sometimes you can follow all the right tips on picking out a watermelon and still get a dud! It happened to me just the other day at the farmers market. I thought I had found the perfect looking melon. But no… I opened it up took a bite and it wasn’t very sweet at all. What to do? I don’t like to waste anything, especially my fruit!
There are many creative ways to use an unsweet melon.
Juice it: You can juice the watermelon and add lime or other juices to improve it’s sweetness.
Give it a squeeze: You can simply squeeze lime on top. This enhances the flavor. (works great with papaya too)
Freeze chunks of melon. Blend in a vitamix with maple syrup and lime. This comes out like a sweet slushy. I highly recommend you try it.
Popcisles : Cube your watermelon add a little honey or maple syrup and some lime juice then blend. Pour into popsicle molds to freeze.
You could incorporate the watermelon into a smoothie recipe, but I’m a firm believer in eating melons alone. They digest very quickly and when you combine with other foods sometimes bloating and digestive issues can occur.
If you find yourself the owner of dud melon give these recipes a try. Hopefully you can avoid this dilemma by following the tips below to picking out the perfect melon.
Tips for picking out the perfect watermelon
- Your watermelon should be firm. Ripe watermelons should also be dark green in color.
- The ripest watermelons have the most water. Watermelons are about 92% water. The watermelon should be pretty heavy.
- Check out the underside, it should have a creamy yellow spot or ground spot. This is indication that watermelon sat on the ground sunning at the farm. Make sure this spot isn’t white or green. This could mean it was been picked too soon and may not be ripe.
- Now as for the last tip. The tapping manuevor! Many argue if this is an accurate way of picking out a melon. You tap the melon and it should make a hollow sound. This may or may not be true, but use this along with all the other tips and I think you’ll have a great chance at a perfect melon.
“God’s mercies are new every morning!” Lamentation 3:23