To find a ripe honeydew, first search for a nicely spherical, symmetrical melon. The exterior should be a dull, pale yellow-if you see green, that's a red flag, signaling under-ripeness. As with watermelon (and many other fruits), it should feel heavy for its size (most weigh between four and eight pounds).
An oval (elongated) shaped watermelon will be more watery while a round-shaped watermelon will be sweeter.
The ideal watermelon should be a very deep green. Lighter-colored watermelons probably didn't ripen long enough on the vine. When inspecting color, look for the signature contrasting dark green with lighter stripes to find a winner.
The webbing of a watermelon indicates the number of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon is.
Webbing is the brown, course web-looking material. This is caused when bees pollinate the flower and scar the membranes that later form the fruit. The more pollination the sweeter the watermelon.
Check the tail
A watermelon’s tail refers to the piece of stem that remains attached after the fruit is harvested. Transporting water and nutrients that allow it to grow, the stem connects the plant’s leaves, flowers, and fruit to its roots.
A green stem usually indicates that the watermelon was harvested too early and will not be ripe, as it was still growing. On the contrary, a dried stem points to a ripe watermelon.
Check the field spot
A large, yellow spot indicates that it spent more time ripening on the vine and should be sweeter. On the contrary, a whiter spot suggests that it was picked too soon and didn't reach peak ripeness
Content created and supplied by: @SmartReporter (via Opera News )
Opera News is a free to use platform and the views and opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author and do not represent, reflect or express the views of Opera News. Any/all written content and images displayed are provided by the blogger/author, appear herein as submitted by the blogger/author and are unedited by Opera News. Opera News does not consent to nor does it condone the posting of any content that violates the rights (including the copyrights) of any third party, nor content that may malign, inter alia, any religion, ethnic group, organization, gender, company, or individual. Opera News furthermore does not condone the use of our platform for the purposes encouraging/endorsing hate speech, violation of human rights and/or utterances of a defamatory nature. If the content contained herein violates any of your rights, including those of copyright, and/or violates any the above mentioned factors, you are requested to immediately notify us using via the following email address operanews-external(at)opera.com and/or report the article using the available reporting functionality built into our Platform See More