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Video:How To Pick Watermelon

with Ben Kurtzman

Love to cool off with juicy watermelon on a hot summer day? Learn what you should look for when choosing a ripe watermelon, and learn how to pick one right off the vine.See Transcript

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Transcript:How To Pick Watermelon

Hi, I'm Ben Kurtzman for About.com Home and Garden, and today we are going to be picking watermelon.

When to Pick Watermelons

We are here at Riverland Farm in Sunderland, Massachusetts. It is late August, and it is the perfect time to pick watermelons. Watermelons usually ripen about ninety days after they are planted.

Check the Watermelon Ripeness

The easy way to know if your watermelon is ripe is to check the groundspot or underside of the watermelon that lies against the earth. Unripe melons should be white. However, once this turns a deep cream or a yellow color, the melon is ready to be harvested. Another indicator is whether there is less contrast between the stripes, and still another is whether the melon is firm, but not rock hard. If it is soft in spots, it is overripe.

You can also tell if a watermelon is ripe by thumping it with your finger. A ripe watermelon will make a hollow sound.

Pick the Watermelon

The vine tendril close to the melon should be starting to die before you pick the melon, and so it should slip easily from the fruit when you press on it with your finger.

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