Monday, September 1, 2014

Watermelon Selection and Storage

Watermelon has 92 percent water, but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition, hydrates and is low-fat. Everyone loves this thirst-quenching fruit. Watermelon is a certified heart healthy food by the American Heart Association.

Selecting Watermelon :-
# When thumped by flicking the middle finger off the thumb against the melon, the melon should produce a deep, rich thudding sound.
# The skin should be dull and slightly waxy (although many are waxed to shine), yielding only slightly to pressure, and the stem should be attached, brownish and dry.
# The round or oblong melon should be symmetrical without any flat sides, feeling heavy for its size.
# The underside where it lies on the ground should be a pale yellow color, not white or light green.     
# Melons will continue to ripen and soften a little at room temperature but not much.
# Melons picked before their prime will never develop full flavor.
# If you are purchasing a cut standard melon, look for bright red flesh with mature dark brown or black seeds. Unless it is a seedless variety, an abundance of white seeds means it was picked before its prime.
# Avoid those with white streaks through the flesh and those pieces where the flesh is mealy, dry, and/or separating from the seeds. 

Storing :- 
# Whole watermelon should be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
# Chilling injury occurs at temperatures below 40 degrees.     
# Cut watermelon should be wrapped tightly, refrigerated and used withins.

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