4 Ways to Tell if a Watermelon Is Ripe

Look for a Yellow or Creamy Spot: A ripe watermelon will typically have a creamy or yellow spot on its underside. This spot is known as the "ground spot" and indicates that the fruit has ripened and is ready to eat.

Tap the Watermelon: Gently tap the watermelon with your knuckles. A ripe watermelon will produce a deep, hollow sound. If the sound is dull or flat, the watermelon may not be fully ripe.

Check the Skin: The skin of a ripe watermelon should be firm and have a slightly waxy texture. Avoid watermelons with soft or mushy skin, as they may be overripe or spoiled.

Examine the Stem: Look at the stem end of the watermelon. If it has a dried-up, brown stem, it is likely ripe. If the stem is green or has a fresh appearance, the watermelon may still be unripe.

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