As I am learning, how to tell if a watermelon is ripe is part art and part cult science. A brief internet search uncovers a small galaxy of recommendations including but not limited to tapping and listening to the watermelon, trying to guess its weight, looking at the color of its underside, counting the number of days since flowering, pressing a thumbnail into the epidermis, inspecting the tendril, well you get the idea.
I may just have to revert to one of my long-standing and treasured vices – gambling. I wait until the watermelon “looks” ready – or until I can’t wait any longer – then roll the dice. If I win, then I eat the spoils. If not, then the chickens get lucky. Either way, I refuse to let this amazing looking melon spoil on the vine.
Updates to come.