Reasons to buy the ugliest watermelon

Watermelon is an ideal fruit to cool off and hydrate during the summer. It provides vitamins and antioxidants such as vitamin A, lycopene and cucurbitacin. We tell you how to choose the best watermelons on the market.

Due to its richness in water (92% water), watermelon is a fruit that is an excellent option to enjoy as a snack, quench thirst and help keep you satisfied.

The best season for watermelons is summer. Choosing the “ugliest” is the ideal when you are looking for the best sweet, juicy and delicious watermelonaccording to My Nguyen, chef and creator of My Healthy Dish.

Watermelon can be enjoyed on its own in salads, roasted, and in a variety of sweet and savory preparations. Photo: Shutterstock.

Three things to look for in a watermelon:

1. Yellow stain

If the watermelon has a large yellow spot, it is a good indicator of ripeness, flavor and juiciness. “You’ll want to look for a big yellow spot, because that’s the part that’s in the sun. The larger the patch, the longer it matured in the ground,” says Nguyen.

2. Lots of straps

The more straps a watermelon has, the better. “Cobweb is caused by bee pollination, if there are more cobwebs, it will be sweeter,” explains Nguyen.

3. Dark spots

Watermelons showing dark spots on the outside is not necessarily a sign of something wrong with the fruit. Nguyen notes that “These dark spots actually indicate that the sugar is seeping out, which is just another sign that the watermelon is too sweet.”

The best watermelon is not only “ugly” on the outside, it is also dense and heavy, which indicates that it is full of water and juicy.

Discolored or misshapen rinds on a watermelon or cantaloupe are no reason to discard them. Before throwing them away, check their interior, when these fruits have spoiled they usually have an unpleasant smell and are too soft.

How to best store melons and watermelons

Optimal storage for whole melons and watermelons is in a cool, dry place, out of direct sunlight. In this way they can be preserved from 5 to 15 days, depending on the maturity,

Once the watermelon has ripened, store it in the refrigerator.

Cut watermelon can be kept for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator. It should be refrigerated wrapped or in an airtight container. “If possible, do not remove the seeds from the remaining sections of the cut melon, as they prevent the pulp from drying out”advises Save the Food.

Watermelon chunks without the rind can also be frozen for long-term storage. Frozen watermelon is great for use in smoothies and other drinks.

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