If you place the main culinary symbols of the passing summer by popularity, then the leading places will certainly go to melon and watermelon. In this material, we will try to explain in as much detail as possible how to choose a ripe melon.
How to choose a ripe and delicious melon?
Many of the subtleties of choosing a melon are similar to those of watermelon. For example, before buying, the first thing to do is to check with the seller from which area the product arrived. The fact is that pumpkin is prone to soak up pollution, therefore it is better to avoid melons grown in contaminated and gas contaminated areas. Also pay attention to the main subtlety - the presence of nitrates in the fetus. It is the surplus of nitrates, which farmers so often sin in trying to quickly obtain a plentiful harvest, is the cause of severe human poisoning. The presence of nitrates in melon produces longitudinal strips on the peel, empty seeds with a grayish hue and the absence of a pronounced flavor.
During the selection, first knock on the selected fruit. A ripe melon will make a dull sound, unlike a watermelon, for example. If the melon has passed the initial check, then pay attention to the coloring of its peel. Peel should not have spots, the color of the whole fruit can be different, but certainly homogeneous.
One of the main secrets of how to choose a ripe melon is to pay attention to the net on the surface: the thicker it is, the more sweet and ripe a melon in front of you.
Not unimportant is a pronounced sweetish flavor, as well as the density of the fruit: a good melon should not be too hard or on the contrary, soft.
How to choose a ripe and sweet melon torpedo?
Among the most common varieties of melons in our region can be found "torpedo". Its name was given to this fruit due to elongated oblong form.
Like any other melon, the "torpedo" is chosen on a dry tail, strong aroma and soft "spout" (opposite to the stalk of the melon part). As for the specific characteristics of the delicious melon of this class, then note that it should be oblong, have a rich yellow color, a fine mesh and bright yellow longitudinal stripes, not solid, but scattered along the fruit as a dotted line.
Seeds of ripe melon easily depart from the pulp, and seeds specifically "torpedoes" contain a mucous membrane.
How to choose a ripe melon "kolkhoz"?
"Kolhoznitsu" can be found on the shelves much more "torpedoes". This is a classic rounded melon with a bright yellow color, a net skin, without spots and streaks. One of the criteria for choosing a "collective farmer" is precisely its incredibly expressive and uniform coloring. Make sure that there are no greenish or light yellow spots on the peel - this indicates that it did not arrive. Spots with a brown and gray tinge, in contrast, indicate the onset of decay. It is better to choose melons up to 2 kg, so you will save yourself from overripe fruits or those that have been flavored with nitrates.
As with the selection of melons of any other kind, note that the sound when tapping the surface of the fetus must be deaf, the stem must be dry, and the aroma - strongly pronounced, with bright honey notes. Again, try to avoid buying melons sold at the roads, as their peel absorbs any dirt well. Do not buy and cut melons, they start to spoil much faster and can contain a pathogenic microflora that hits the surface of the flesh from the knife.