Picking a Tasty Watermelon
Enjoying a slice of fresh watermelon is an Oklahoma summer tradition but picking the "perfect" watermelon can be a challenge. ONIE has spoken with watermelon growers and connoisseurs, as well as doing our own research. These seem to be the 4 things to look for when picking a watermelon.
- The stem—Is it dry and brown?
- The color—Is it a dull green shade, not waxy and shiny?
- The “spot”—Does it have a yellowish spot where it laid on the ground? If the spot is white or green, then the watermelon is either overripe or not yet ripe.
- The THUMP—When you "thump it" does it make a hollow and deep echo sound? A thud or less distinct sound means the watermelon is past its prime. A high-pitched or ping sound means it is not ripe.
Tip: Take the tip of your middle finger, brace it against your thumb and flick outward very firmly on the melon's hide to make the time-honored traditional thump.
Factoid: Watermelon is 95% water. Hydrate yourself with a slice of watermelon and avoid added sugar from sodas, sports drinks, sweetened-iced teas, vitamin waters, and energy drinks.
While you can't beat a slice of fresh, cold watermelon, if you want to take it up a notch, below are 3 of our favorite watermelon recipes, Just click on the picture to see the easy to follow instructions.
Here is another Watermelon Factoid.
Factoid: One slice of watermelon has only 50 calories.
The ONIE Project Team