Sometimes we think that-unless you’re an experienced farmer-buying a juicy, tasty, fully ripe, and sweet watermelon is hit or miss. However, it doesn’t have to be if you look for a few things when you’re picking out your melon. In fact, you can tell whether a watermelon is ripe without actually cutting it.
1. Look for the field spot. It's where the watermelon rested on the ground. A ripe watermelon would have a creamy yellow color, as shown above. You do not want to have a watermelon with a white spot.
2. Look for webbing. The dirty lines across the yellow part may look gross, but it means that bees touched the pollinated part of the plant many times. And according to the farmers, the more the bees touched it, the sweeter the watermelon is.
3. Believe it or not, farmers separate watermelons by gender. Boys (above on the left) are bigger, longer in shape and have a more watery taste. Girls (on the right) are rounded in shape and are sweeter
4. The size does not really matter, the farmers say you should just choose a medium sized one. There is no preference, the only advice they give is that the watermelon should feel heavy for its size.5. Check the tail. If it is green, then it will probably not ripen because it was picked too soon. If the tail is dry, then the watermelon is ripe!
5. Check the tail. If it is green, then it will probably not ripen because it was picked too soon. If the tail is dry, then the watermelon is ripe!
OK, let's take a little trip over to Washington Parish!