Thump your wa­ter­mel­ons, and other tricks to let you know if they are ripe

Austin American-Statesman - - AUSTIN 360 LIFE - By Sari Al­bornoz Sus­tain­able Food Cen­ter

Any­one who’s spent a few sum­mers in Texas likely will agree that splash­ing into cool water and bit­ing into a sweet slice of water­melon are two of the best ways to abate the blazing heat. It is glo­ri­ous that this nour­ish­ing, hy­drat­ing and de­li­cious fruit ripens just in time for our tripledigit July days.

Per­haps you planted wa­ter­mel­ons in your gar­den this spring, an­tic­i­pat­ing the day when you could share your home-grown melon at a cook­out. But how do you tell when the fruits are ready to har­vest? Tim­ing is im­por­tant be­cause mel­ons won’t sweeten

CON­TRIB­UTED BY SUS­TAIN­ABLE FOOD CEN­TER

Open Door Preschool takes a field trip to Sus­tain­able Food Cen­ter’s gar­den, where wa­ter­mel­ons were grow­ing.

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