Watermelon Is Ripe

How to Tell If a Watermelon Is Ripe

To many people, the act of buying a watermelon is an eternal struggle – a Herculean undertaking of sorts. Big in size and capable of serving a sizable number of people at one go, making the wrong purchase can be hellish so to speak. Imagine cutting up a watermelon to serve your guests during lunch only to find that this giant of a fruit is unripe. Heartbreaking, right?

To most people, discerning whether a watermelon is ripe or not is a real sport. The situation is further compounded by the presence of a thick green rind which ultimately protects the pink flesh inside thereby making it a tad difficult telling whether the watermelon in question is ripe or not. No doubt, if you are well versed with watermelons and know what to look for, disappointments are a thing of the past for you.

However, if you are like many others, you are always operating on luck. Hoping that this time around you found the perfect ripe watermelon for your needs. Well, let me stop playing into the gallery of the ignorant. The purpose of this particular post is to enlighten you on how you can tell if a watermelon is ripe or not. It is meant to give you a new lease of life and the confidence to go about purchasing a watermelon without the uncertainty of “what if”.

So, how do you tell if a watermelon is ripe?


This seems absurd, right? Apparently, the heavier the watermelon, the riper it is. The weight should be inconsistent with the size. What do I mean by this? If at all you feel that the watermelon you have in your hands is heavier than it actually looks, you’ve hit the jackpot! If it’s lighter, that could be an indication that it’s not yet ready to be consumed.

Give It a Little Knock

Okay. This one might seem a little superstitious so to speak. And you might actually get a few weird stares from fellow shoppers at the grocery store or whatever it is you are shopping from. However, a little knock on the watermelon is a sure way of finding out whether it’s ripe or not. Upon knocking on it, what you expect to hear from the knock is a hollow sound. That hollow sound should produce a “plunk” sound as opposed to a “thwack” sound if it’s really ripe. If it produces a thwack sound upon knocking, it means that the watermelon in question is not ripe. However, a hollow sound that makes a plunk is a clear indication that the watermelon is ripe and ready to be enjoyed with family and friends.

Look For a Pale Yellow Spot on the Rind

This boils down to careful observation of the outer skin of the watermelon. Ordinarily, after a watermelon is harvested, it’s left on the ground to ripen under the sun. When it’s left on the sun to ripen, a pale yellow spot forms on the rind. If upon observation you realize that there is a yellow spot on the rind, you can purchase the watermelon with peace of mind that it’s ripe. However, if there is no yellow spot on the rind, you need to be cautious as chances are that the watermelon is not ripe.

There you have it. You no longer have to cut up a watermelon only to be disappointed. The above mentioned surefire tips will have you picking up the right watermelon that is not only ripe but also tasty. Some might feel a little odd but believe you me, they work magic! Try it and tell us what you think!