Melon Watermelon

It takes experience to know when to harvest watermelons. They should be fully mature, as the fruits do not develop internal color and sugar off the vine. Look for these signs of ripeness: (1) the light-green, curly tendrils on the stem near the point of attachment of the melon turn brown and dry, (2) the surface color of the fruit

turns from smooth and glossy to rough and dull, (3) the skin becomes resistant to penetration by the thumbnail, and (4) the bottom of the melon (where it lies on the soil) turns from a light green to yellowish. These indicators are more reliable than "thumping" the melon with a knuckle. Many watermelons do not emit the proverbial "dull thud" when ripe. Watermelon will hold good ripe quality on the vine for 7 to 10 days.

Use Storage Method 2. Watermelon will store 2 to 3 weeks.

Nutrition note: Watermelons are composed of 90% water and are low in calories. A 1-cup serving provides approximately 50 calories and less than 1 gram of fiber. Watermelons are an excellent source of vitamin C (24% DV) and a good source of vitamin A (11% DV). They contain small amounts of calcium (1.2% DV) and iron (1.4% DV). Color = red, yellow.

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