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Here Come the Watermelons!

28 June 2018
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Here Come the Watermelons!

01 January 2017

There's one fact all consumers know about watermelons - they're big! In fact the Guinness World Record size of a watermelon is a gigantic 121kg, although the average watermelon in stores is only up to 5kg. It's due to their size that watermelons pose their own logistical problems for many retailers and suppliers.

A common solution for transportation involves large bins on pallets that help maneuver the watermelons into supermarkets.

Due to the size and logistics of moving them there has been a focus on smaller and seedless varieties that weigh 1-2 kg instead. This is a size that is more practical for retailers to stock and for consumers to buy.

A ripe watermelon should have skin that is dull and slightly waxy (although some watermelons are waxed to add shine), yielding only slightly to pressure. Ideally there are no dents or gashes and the round or oblong melon should be symmetrical without any flat sides.

A good test for finding a ripe watermelon is to flick your middle finger off your thumb and against the melon. You want to hear a deep, rich thud.

Pre-prepared watermelon slices should have a vibrant red flesh with dark brown or black seeds. Melons shouldn't contain white streaks through the flesh or areas where the flesh is mealy, dry or cracked.

Watermelons are picked when they are ripe so they will not continue to ripen and soften much after this. It's important to pick watermelons when they are ripe, as watermelons picked before their prime will never develop full flavor.

Ever wondered how many rubber bands a watermelon can take before it explodes? Watch our rubberband testing video here.

At Innovative Fresh we monitor fresh produce every week, testing for brix and quality. If you want help providing the best quality fresh produce to your consumers, get in touch with us at info@innovativefresh.com.

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