Choosing melons can be an art, but choices can be more practical when their nature is understood. Generally the quality of the melon will depend on how well they were picked and handled, the manner in which they were transported, and the length of time in storage. The storage and the environment will determine final outcome of their quality on delivery.
Since most melons consist of 94% water when fully ripe, this is one of the quickest ways to measurement of ripeness. By comparing two melons of equal size for the one which is heavier, you will have a good measurement of judging which melon is the riper one.
Please watch the video that follows to understand more about the harvesting of melons. Though you are not harvesting melons, it is easier to understand the process of quality Ham Produce & Seafood considers when you see the choices made when they were harvested. More details are written below here as to different types of melons.
First selection is based on viewing any anomalies on the outside of the melon such as bruises, light spots where the melon sat on the ground. These will indicate poor development or spoiled areas. Look for a melon which has a very even coloring over the melon. On the blossom end of the melon it should be a little soft when pressed. Usually a ripe melon will have an aroma emanating from it. This will not be noticed when taking directly from cold storage.
This melon can ripen when left out for a few days, but must be caught quickly and put into storage for it can over ripen too quickly as well.
Though many people have their special way of choosing a watermelon, you are at the mercy of those who picked it as to it’s quality. Your best choice is selecting between melons in the batch. As stated earlier, the heavier melon of the same size will be the riper melon. Though you can tap the melon to see the difference of the sound from melon to melon, it is not a science as much as it is a practice of a fine tune ear and a lot of experience. Generally the deeper sounding melon will be the ripest. though an overripe melon will sound deep as well.
In looking over the skin of the melon, there are a few thing to observe as well. The melons which have less contrast between the light and dark stripes tend to be more ripe. If you see a spot where the melon lay on the ground the color should be more yellow not white. For a more detailed explanation from a field picking point of view please click here.