How To Choose A Sweet Melon Or Watermelon?

Karen Lennox Author: Karen Lennox Time for reading: ~3 minutes Last Updated: November 25, 2022
How To Choose A Sweet Melon Or Watermelon?

In the summer heat, what could be nicer than the taste of juicy melon or refreshing watermelon?

In the summer heat, what could be nicer than the taste of juicy melon or refreshing watermelon?

However, choosing a watermelon or a melon is like winning the lottery: either you will get pleasure, or you will spend money and no pleasure.

Melon (Cucumis melo)

  • Calorie content of melon: 33 kcal
  • Squirrels: 0.6 m
  • Fats: 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 7.4 g

The calorie content of melon varies depending on the variety and growing conditions. On average, the calorie content is 33 kcal per 100 g of soft melon. Choosing a melon is really more difficult than other fruits. However, there are many signs of a ripe melon.

Do not knock

Your parents probably taught you that the best melons and watermelons seem hollow when you knock on them. Unfortunately, experts claim that this is an unreliable method, and there is no evidence that it is not just a legend. Instead, look for visual indicators that are easy to spot once you know what you're looking for.

Watermelon (Citrúllus lanátus)

  • Calorie content of watermelon: 25 kcal
  • Proteins: 0.6 g
  • Fats: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8 g

The calorie content of watermelon is 25 kcal per 100 g of pulp. Choosing a watermelon is really more difficult than other fruits. However, there are many signs of a ripe watermelon.

Melons and watermelons do not ripen like other fruits

In general, melons and watermelons will not change much after being harvested. Melons and watermelons only get tastier and sweeter with age, unlike peaches or bananas.

Since melons and watermelons do not ripen after picking, unripe or overripe fruit remains so. A bad watermelon or cantaloupe is picked too early or late, kept too long after harvest, or improperly handled. Soft crusts, brown colors, and excessive spotting or scarring may indicate unfitness for consumption.


You can buy a melon or watermelon in the supermarket all year round, but most likely it will not be very tasty. Berries are best bought in season (summer months).

Good watermelons will have a shiny skin with a golden spot. Experts say the surefire way to find the best watermelon for your summer barbecue is to look for a fruit with a large, deep gold, yellow or straw spot on the outside. They are called ground spots, and are located where the fruit came into contact with the ground. During the growing process, these spots become white and gradually change color as the sugar content increases. When the spot turns golden, the fruit is fully ripe and ready to be picked.

A good watermelon also has a hard and shiny skin and weighs quite a lot. And in case you didn't know, watermelons have stems. They are hard and curly, and good watermelons and melons are green. Avoid watermelons with brown stems, as this may be a sign of aging.

How to choose a cantaloupe melon


There are two main varieties of cantaloupe, and each has its own quality indicator.

From July to September, you can find melons imported from Western Europe in most grocery stores. These cantaloupes have a straw or golden color with an even and thick mesh. Look for cantaloupes with a small green indentation at the top or bottom of the melon – this is called the stem end, and is formed when the fruit falls from the vine. The opposite end should press in slightly when you press on it. The fruit should also have a bright golden color and an aroma that can be felt without cutting it.

At other times of the year, Harper family melons are usually sold on the shelves. They are easy to identify because they have a short, truncated stem as they have been cut, unlike the western varieties which fall from the vine after ripening. They also have a mesh that can vary from dense to very loose and fine. In the best fruits, the net also covers the stem.

The best honeydew melon is with flesh of white and cream shades

The skin of a good and ripe melon should be smooth and slightly sticky. Light scars around the stem, as well as a pronounced melon aroma, can indicate sweetness.


There is another reliable way to find a good cantaloupe or watermelon from the experts: regardless of the variety: if syrupy juice flows from the stem of the fruit, then it is definitely good and sweet. This is true for different varieties. Now that you know all the secrets, head to the market and pick up the tastiest summer treats. Bon Appetit!



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