How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

Tanya Sadovnikova
13.09.2015

How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

The season of watermelons has come, and many are wondering how to choose a watermelon. Every time it's like a lottery: a beautiful-looking berry can be completely green and tasteless inside. What are the signs of a ripe and juicy fruit? 

Donkey Cucumber and the Afterlife

The homeland of the watermelon is considered not to be our open spaces, but to South Africa, the Kalahari Desert, where it is still possible to meet its wild ancestor - colonitz. It was from him that, as a result of the selection, a modern homemade type of watermelon was brought out. And from Iranian language its name translates as "donkey cucumber".

Choose a watermelon

This berry, like melon, was well known in ancient Egypt - it was the watermelon that was placed in the tombs of the pharaohs as food in the afterlife. During excavations, seeds were found in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Mention of this wonder can be found in many medical papyrus.

 

Watermelon can be eaten whole: its skin is quite edible, and the seeds are roasted and also go for food.Another thing is that with modern methods of fertilizer in the skin is quite high content of nitrates. Therefore, it is marinated, make it jam and all kinds of jams.

 

Experiments with watermelon do not stop to this day. The Japanese, for example, managed to bring a square variety for more convenient storage. This form is achieved by placing a very small watermelon in a plastic container, where it grows, acquiring the necessary outlines.

 

There is another benefit, in addition to transportation and storage, - the cost of a square fruit is several times higher than usual, it reaches $ 200.

Square watermelon

Ukrainians, too, decided to originate. At the Kiev Institute of Molecular Biology, a new species, a kavbuz, was crossed by crossing a watermelon (kavun) and a pumpkin (a garbuz). The fruit has a bright yellow flesh and has a lot of useful properties, perfectly restoring strength. From the watermelon itself, he took only the form, and all the properties were taken from the pumpkin. Therefore, it is used mainly in porridge.

 

Yellow watermelon, by the way, is already well known. In fact, this is a hybrid of wild watermelon, which is impossible to eat, and the usual red. In the summer this culture is grown in Spain, and in the winter in Thailand.It has a few bones, it is very juicy, but not very sweet. But Astrakhan yellow watermelon is really sweet, so we love everyone without exception.

Yellow watermelon

How to choose a watermelon - signs of ripe fruit

In Russia, Astrakhan watermelons are considered the most delicious, they have been mentioned since 1560. It is noteworthy that this fruit fell in love with many, but in its pure form for a long time did not use it at all. Before serving, it was soaked in syrup for a long time, and then cooked with the addition of various spices.

 

In Ukraine, preference is given to Kherson watermelons. It is from sunny Kherson that every year juicy, ripe and fragrant berries come to all corners.

 

So, you have come to the market or to the store and are wondering how to choose a ripe and juicy watermelon. What to look for in the first place?

 

Even before the selection, see how the watermelons are stored. They should not lie on the ground, collecting around all the dirt and germs. Ideally, they should be stored in special containers or on pallets. In the markets they are sold directly from the machines, where they lie in a pile of hay.

 

Choosing a fruit, pay attention to its color and stripes.The brighter the stripes, the better.

Size also matters: huge fruits do not always turn out to be really tasty. It is better to choose a medium size watermelon.

Watermelon is red

Before choosing a watermelon, pay attention to its integrity. In no case should there be any cracks or rotten places - it is through them that bacteria develop in the pulp, which then leads to food poisoning.

 

Based on these considerations, it is not necessary to buy and cut watermelons, even wrapped with cling film - access to the bacteria was opened when cut. By the way, if you cut a watermelon and did not eat it at once, be sure to put it in the fridge.

 

Watermelons, when they grow, lie on their side. Accordingly, a yellowish stain is formed at the point of contact with the ground. Choose those fruits where the spot is as yellow as possible, close to orange. This will mean that the fruit is already ripe.

Determine the "sex" of watermelon

Did you know that even watermelons have “girls” and “boys”. It was noticed that "girls" are definitely tastier. How to determine who is in front of you? Look at the circle around the tail: in the "boys" it is small and slightly convex, while in the "girls" it is much larger and at the same time flat.

 

The tail of the watermelon also serves as an indicator: the drier it is, the more ripe the watermelon is. Finally, having chosen a fruit that meets all standards in your opinion, lightly tap on it. In ripe watermelon, the sound should be ringing, not muffled.

How to check watermelon for nitrates

Most likely, you have heard about the nitrates contained in watermelons. Unscrupulous sellers stuffed them with chemistry to ripen faster. That is why it is not recommended to buy the very first watermelons on the markets - the risk of poisoning is very high. The second half of July - the beginning of August - this is the best time to enjoy all the pleasures of this juicy berry.

Ripe watermelon

There is a way to check the watermelon for the content of all kinds of chemistry. Dip a piece of flesh in a glass of water. If the water is slightly dimmed - you can safely eat it, you are not in danger. But if the water is clearly colored in pink - do not risk it better, it is clearly pumped chemistry.

 

If you want to save a watermelon for a long time, for example, enjoy yummy on the New Year, there is nothing easier. Select a medium sized fruit with a yellow spot, place it in a net and hang it so that it does not touch anything. The temperature in the room should be no higher than + 5⁰.The basement is ideal for this.

Watermelon ripened

Before cutting it before serving, we recommend thoroughly washing the watermelon under running water. Enjoy the unforgettable taste and aroma of summer, give yourself a sunny mood.


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    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

    How to choose a watermelon - yellow watermelons, square hybrids and a couple more oddities

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