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Ripe Melon Tips from Vine to Market


We don't always get a chance to grow or pick from a farm so the grocery or farmers market is where we choose our melons. It is be can daunting to choose the perfect melon. I like to do the thumping test.

Don't worry if it doesn't work the first time you will get better with practice.



From your Mom

First I inhale its sweetness, then place it close to my ear and pat the melon with my fingers using a rapping (not a slap).

If the sound is low-pitched, hollow, and deep like a drum, it is ready!

...this technique works with all melons.


From the Farm.

Did you know once a watermelon are detached from the vine, they won’t continue to ripen.

That said if you have a green thumb or field trip to a pick your own farm.


You only get one chance to do this right!


Here are other subtle cues to look out for:

  • The green color becomes dull.

  • On a striped melons, the color between the stripes gets darker.

  • The rind will get hard.

  • The blossom end will soften.

  • They will stop getting larger.

  • The ground spot will turn from white to yellow.

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