Would it really be summer without watermelon? We're kicking off summer in a BIG way at HIS Radio. (Did you see all the prizes we're giving away??) But in addition to giving away staycations all summer long, we also want to make sure you eat the juiciest, tastiest watermelons all summer long! Watermelons are pretty amazing:
- Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
- Watermelon doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
- The US produces 4.7 billion pounds of watermelon each year.
- And here's a shocker: Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
Most shoppers prefer to buy whole watermelons. But do you really know how to choose the best, juiciest, sweetest melon? HIS Morning Crew found some tips from Mak-Migro Farms LTD and decided to put them to the test. Here are five things to look for when choosing a watermelon:
- Webbing: These are web-like brown spots that indicate where a bee touched the pollinating parts of the flower many times. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon.
- Field Spot: This is the spot where the watermelon rested on the ground. This spot should be yellow, not white.
- Size: Don't choose the smallest or the largest watermelon in the bunch. Instead choose an average-size fruit.
- Shape: All watermelons are round, but the shape shows whether it's a "boy" or "girl" watermelon. Boys are elongated, girls are round. For a sweeter melon choose a girl!
- Tail: The tail is the spot where the watermelon was attached to the vine. A dried tail indicates that the watermelon is ripe. If the tail is green the watermelon was picked too soon.
So do these tips work? HIS Morning Crew's Alison Storm and Jim Mann tested it out.