What are the yellow spots on watermelon?

In this brief guide, we will shed a light on “What are the yellow spots on a watermelon?”. We will further talk about how to pick the best watermelon, how to safely store it and the health benefits of watermelon. 

What are the yellow spots on watermelon?

The yellow spot on the bottom side of the watermelons is the point where the watermelons laid on the ground before being picked. 

These yellow spots are also called the field or ground spots. The larger the yellow spot, the more time it has spent ripening on the vine and the sweeter the watermelon will be.

How to pick the perfect watermelon?

To pick the perfect watermelon, follow these steps:

1. Evaluate the watermelon

Firstly, you need to evaluate the watermelon. Check for any cuts, scrapes, bulges or bruises on its surface. Choose a watermelon with flawless skin. Further, ensure that the watermelon is symmetrical. Irregular forms and bulges generally mean the watermelon obtained uneven amounts of sunlight and water.

2. Assess its color

There is more to assess than just bumpy watermelon. The color of the skin is extremely important. The perfect, completely ripened watermelon should have a darkish green color and have a dull appearance. If it is glossy, it has not ripened yet.

3. Search for yellow spots

Another crucial thing is to examine the field mark. There will be a spot on the bottom of a watermelon. It should have a creamy yellowish color. These spots tend to alarm people as they are not very attractive, but that is mistaken; watermelons having yellow spots, means they are sweeter. 

The brighter the yellow color, the sweeter the watermelon will be. Do not pick the watermelon if the field mark is white or not present.

4. Smell the watermelon

Select the watermelon and smell the outer rind. It should smell a little sweet, just like the smell of pineapples.

5. Examine the stem

For a sweeter and more ripened watermelon, there should not be a visible stem on its surface. Rather, there should be a small cavity, signifying that the watermelon dropped off the vine itself. If there exists a stem, it was pulled off earlier.

6. Tap on it

Check the watermelon with a gentle tap, and hear the sound it produces. A ripened watermelon should give a full, resonant, and “plunk” hollow sound. While an unripe watermelon will give a more high-pitched sound.

Similarly, if you hear a “thud” sound, that means that the watermelon is overripened.

Be sure to analyze the firmness of the watermelon when you tap it. The surface must be tough and firm.

7. Buy it

Irrespective of how large or small the watermelon is, a ripened watermelon should be heavy. This denotes that the watermelon is rich in water, which signifies that it is ripened and juicy.

How to store watermelon?

Watermelons are harvested when they are ripened, so they will not persist to ripe and soften much at room temperature; watermelons harvested before their time won’t develop full flavor. 

A whole watermelon can be kept in the fridge for about 7 days or at room temperature for 7-14 days. 

Cut watermelon should be covered in plastic, kept in a fridge and used within 3-5 days. You can also keep cut watermelon in a freezer, however, the texture will be softened on thawing (which is good to use in cold soups and smoothies).

Uncut and unrefrigerated watermelons can be kept for almost 10-14 days. Keep them in a very cool spot to prolong their storage time. If sliced, watermelon tightly covered in plastic will last in a fridge for almost 4 days.

Watermelon will rot if kept below 10℃ for over a few days.

Do not keep watermelon with apples or tomatoes as they emit ethylene gas. The skins of the watermelon exposed to ethylene will become flimsy and soft.

What are the health benefits of watermelon?

Watermelon is 92 percent water. Thus it helps us stay hydrated.

It is low in calories and high in water which helps in promoting fullness and reducing appetite.

Furthermore, watermelon is rich in carotenoids, specifically, beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to keep our eyes and skin healthy.

It has carotenoids, particularly lycopene which reduces the risk of certain cancers, supports heart and eye health and reduces the risk of chronic conditions including type II diabetes.

Lastly, watermelon has phytonutrients that help reduce blood pressure and enhance workout performance in healthy adults.

Conclusion 

In this brief guide, we have shed a light on “What are the yellow spots on a watermelon?”. We have further talked about how to pick the best watermelon, how to safely store it and the health benefits of watermelon. 

References

https://cfaes.osu.edu/news/articles/chow-line-deep-yellow-field-spot-watermelon-key-choosing-sweet-ripe-melon
https://harvesttotable.com/harvest-store-watermelon/

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