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Posted: 5/23/2005 11:50:41 AM EDT
Help. i spent 5 bucks for a melon last weekend and it tastes like chalk.
either they are way under ripe and bitter or they are over ripe and the meat around the seeds is mushy.

please help.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 11:54:17 AM EDT
I'm guy, but I have had good results picking watermelons for my wife. I pick it up and it should be rather heavy for it's size (ie: heavier than others wich are the same size). I also thump it with the heel ot the ball of my palm (not the finger tips) and find the one with the lower (denser) thump.

Cantelopes I go by smell of the navel to determine if it's ripe yet.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 12:02:51 PM EDT
Grab it, pull it off the vine, and run like hell. The best tasting watermelon is a stolen watermelon.
Link Posted: 5/23/2005 12:07:59 PM EDT
Find one that has been half-eaten by coyotes.

Those were ripe yesterday.........

Link Posted: 5/23/2005 1:26:18 PM EDT
What dragonfly said.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 5:37:45 AM EDT
Thump it. If it has a hollow sound, it should be good.
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 11:50:33 AM EDT
If the vodka leaks, then it's a good one.

That's what you were asking, right?
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 11:54:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 5/24/2005 11:54:54 AM EDT by PlaymoreMinds]
Funny you should ask...today on the cooking segment of the local news THAT was the topic: here's what was suggested:
It should be very heavy (the ripe "water" content) and should have a long strip of yellow on the flesh to signify that it spent a long time on the vine to ripen and the yellow spot is where it laid on the ground.
Cantelope is easier: smell the rhine...if you can smell the fruit thru the rhine then it is ripe

Just realized I posted what dragonfly did.
Sorry for the dupe
Link Posted: 5/24/2005 2:01:41 PM EDT
I tried to make one of these for my wife, but it never turned out right.
square watermelon

I think it's too wet at my house.
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