People do a lot to get watermelon secrets. People thump, scratch, shake, tap, and slap melons for four reasons: Is this watermelon sweet, juicy, and ripe?
It's ripe? Given a watermelon's size, it's hard to tell what's inside the rind. Farmers and melon experts disagree.
Watermelons, botanically Citrullus lanatus, are Cucurbitaceae flowering vines (per MasterClass). They are "big brothers" to cantaloupes and honeydew melons and have 300 cousin-varieties in the US and South America
Healthline says they provide vitamins C, A, and B-5, potassium, copper, citrulline, and lycophene.
Yellow spot on watermelon ripeness?
Even if you have a method for choosing the best watermelon, consult Watermelon.org. They advocate "Look, Lift, Turn!" to tell if a watermelon is ripe. Not recommended: thumping.
First, pick up the watermelon and look for indentations, bruising, and rind cuts. Scratches are normal given its field-to-market journey.
Watermelon weight makes the second "lift" step difficult (the heaviest one recorded by Guinness World Records in 2012 rolled from Tennessee into infamy at 350.5 pounds).