The time has come for watermelons, which have appeared on the shelves of supermarkets and in grocery stores, which, you see, pleases the eye and encourages you to try a juicy and cool slice that perfectly quenches your thirst in the heat.
As you know, summer = watermelon. There is no other fruit (berry) that would receive the same unconditional recognition of all consumers, from small to large.
However, sometimes it is not always possible to choose a sweet and juicy watermelon, that is, “it is not necessary once at a time” and it is always a “lottery”, the result of which can please or disappoint (and sometimes even harm!).
Let’s start with how to choose the right great watermelon.
Here are some simple secrets.
Pay attention to the yellow part of the berry. This is the barrel of the watermelon on which it grew in the field until it was time to collect it from the melon.
In ripe watermelons, this spot is creamy yellow or even orange yellow. On the other hand, “unripe” watermelons at this stage have a whitish color.
Look for brown markings
They show that bees have touched the pollinators of the flower many times. The more bees do this, the sweeter the watermelon.
How to tell the gender of a watermelon, a “boy” from a “girl”
Few people know about this, but manufacturers distinguish watermelons by “gender”. For example, “boys” are larger, have an elongated shape and are juicier. “Girls” are rounder and sweeter in taste. Girls on the side opposite to the peduncle (tail) have a wider brown spot. For “boys” it is practically one small dot.
Size matters (s) in watermelons
Give preference to neither large nor small. Choose from those that are medium in size. But the most important thing is to feel that it is heavier than it seems for its size.
Pay attention to the “ponytail”
If it is dry, then the watermelon is ripe. But if it is greenish, then the watermelon was probably prematurely removed from the melon.
And finally, important information. How to avoid watermelon poisoning?
You can get poisoned not only with “nitrate” watermelon. A bacterial infection that has penetrated into a “healthy” ripe watermelon from the outside can also lead to poisoning. Chopped and cut berries are a potential hazard. After all, we do not know whether the knife with which the cut was made was clean, whether the seller washed his hands, and how long the cut watermelon spent on the street.
Therefore, if you decide to buy a watermelon, do not ask the seller to cut it, but take it home whole. To avoid poisoning, do not buy it from sellers on the “road” or spontaneous market.
In centralized markets, melons and gourds undergo laboratory tests, about which a certificate is issued to the seller. If desired, each buyer can familiarize himself with it.