Water melon belongs to the family cucurbitaceae, the genus citrullus and the species citrus lanatus.
Water melon is an annual crop that has a climbing habit. The stems are up to 3m long and ne growth has yellow or brown hairs.
The plants have both male and female flowers on the long stalk of 40mm long.
The leaves are large, coarse, hairy pinnately lobed and alternate. The outer green of the water melon is hard and people rarely eat it, while the inside is soft and succulent red part containing many seeds.
This is the part that is usually eaten.
Water melons are tropical or subtropical plants and need temperatures higher than 25 degree Celsius to thrive.
It was cultivated in the Nile river valley, in Egypt, and eventually in Chiba.
Water melon is now grown around the whole world with the daily consumptions increasing rapidly over the years.
There is a mad rush for water melon this day, one may be wondering why somebody will go into a supermarket to buy a big heavy chunk of fruit filled with water. The truth is that water melon is one highly nutritious fruit you cannot afford to miss.
As the rush for water melon is ongoing the real struggle becomes how to choose and select the very ripe, juicy and sweet water melon.
A lot of people merely enter the super market or the organic market only to get confuse on the particular water melon that is ripe and ready to savor.
Most a times people end up just trying trying to knock on the watermelon why listening to the sound it makes.
This method of tasting the watermelon is not efficient and using this method alone you will up having the wrong fruit in your hands.
Here we shall discuss in details on how to taste and select the most ripe and sweet water melon for your consumption and save yourself the stress of having to knock on the water melon to taste them.
- Look for the webbing:
The web like brown spots on the water melon is an indication that bees touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times.
The more pollination, the sweeter the fruit is. Carefully observe the webbing on the water melon and choose the one with the more webs. That is the sweetest.
- Check for the field spot:
The yellow spot, known as the field spot, is the place where the water melon rested on the ground.
Ripe water melons always have creamy yellow or even orange-yellow spots not white.
- Pay attention to the size:
It is better to choose neither the largest nor the smallest water melon.
Select an average sized fruit. And note, whether large or small the water melon should feel heavy for its size.
- Boy and girl water melon:
Many people do not know that farmers differentiate water melons by gender.
For example, boys are bigger, have an elongated shape, and a watery taste. The girls have rounded shape and are very sweet.
- Inspect the tail:
A dried tail indicates that the water melon is ripe. However, if the tail is green, it probably means that the water melon was picked too soon and will not be ripe.
I hope this helps you in choosing the best watermelon for your daily consumption.
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