Useful tips for choosing an excellent watermelon
Watermelons will ripen very soon, and in order to fully enjoy these berries, you need to learn how to choose them.
The most important points
So, how to choose a tasty, healthy and ripe watermelon? There are some of the most important points:
- Right time. Do not seek to buy watermelon as early as possible, in which case it is unlikely to be ripe and useful. Surely early ripe berry "stuffed" with nitrates or growth hormones. Ripening season begins around mid-summer, but only if it was sunny and moderately rainy. And it is best to postpone the purchase in August, preferably in the second half. You can enjoy the taste of such berries until about the end of September. Later, ripe melons are usually sold.
- Size and weight matter. Watermelon should not be too small, it will say that he did not have time to ripen. But it shouldn’t be too big either, because it can be a sign of accelerated growth associated with the use of chemicals. As for weight, it should range from 5-9 kilograms.And it is worth remembering that the density of the pulp of the berry decreases as it ripens, which leads to a decrease in weight. Therefore, watermelon can not be heavy and at the same time have a small size. But a small weight should also be alarming, as it is a signal of excessive ripeness.
- Sex differences. Yes, all watermelons differ by gender, this is a fact. And it is noticed that the “girls” are sweeter and more juicy. How to reveal a female berry? Carefully consider the spot located on the side opposite the "tail". In general, this is the place of attachment of the flower to the fetus.
- It is believed that the "girls" are more flat and slightly concave, and "boys" are more convex and smaller. In addition, the female watermelons flattened, and the male - oblong and more elongated.
- Appearance. First, the peel should be the most contrast, that is, have clearly defined bands: light and dark green. If the green stripes are light, then this indicates an insufficient amount of chlorophyll. This substance has a green color, is produced only in the sun and is involved in the production of glucose.That is, chlorophyll deficiency occurs when there is a shortage of light (and in such conditions the berry simply cannot ripen) and says that the flesh will not be sweet enough. Secondly, there should be a bright spot on one side, which is a signal that the berry lay in the field for a long time and sang in natural conditions. And such a spot should not be the former, but yellow. Third, there should be no damage to the surface, light or dark spots and cracks. Fourthly, the skin should shine, but not too clearly (some vendors coat the berries with wax to add shine).
- "Tail", that is, the remainder of the peduncle, which was attached to the bush, can also tell a lot about ripeness. In mature watermelon it is dry and yellow, and in immature water it is moist and green. The fact is that the berry gets all the nutrients and moisture through the stem. And when it completely ripens, then the need for nutrition disappears, and the "tail" begins to dry up and turn yellow. Some watermelons "tails" no. Yes, this part may fall off, but some unscrupulous vendors and suppliers, wishing to hide signs of insufficient ripeness, simply cut off the stem.But it will be noticeable in an even and noticeable slice.
- You should not try to buy a watermelon of perfect shape. As practice shows, the “wrong” berries are more sweet, juicy and ripe.
- It is impossible to determine the presence and especially the amount of nitrates during the inspection, but this can be done after cutting the watermelon. The fact that chemical substances were used during cultivation will tell noticeable yellowish or white veins in the flesh. Watermelon without nitrates will have a bright and uniform flesh without any inclusions. In addition, there should be no voids and cracks inside the berry, they will speak about accelerated and unnatural growth.
- Try poking the skin with your nail. If the watermelon is mature, then most likely you will not be able to do this, since the skin will be very dense. But the unripe berry can be easily damaged.
- Many check the watermelons by sound, but, first, it is not easy to do, because for the most certainty you need to compare the sound of several berries, and secondly, it is sometimes impossible to evaluate it in the store because of extraneous noise. And yet you can try to listen to the "music" of watermelon.Place it on a flat surface and tap it. Experts say that a ripe berry when knocking will make a rather sonorous sound, and an unripe one will make a deaf one. You can also squeeze the watermelon. Mature should crackle.
- Do not buy an incised watermelon, even if it turned out to be sweet and ripe. Through the damaged skin, bacteria from the environment will penetrate into the pulp, which can lead to poisoning.
- Buy watermelons preferably in stores or specially equipped pavilions and counters.
- After cutting, pay attention to the pulp. It should be pink. Red flesh is only a few northern varieties, which are small in size. If you have a large berry with bright scarlet flesh, then surely there are chemicals in it.
Let the watermelon be sweet, ripe and healthy!
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