How to choose and store watermelons
THE BEST WATERMELONS
ADVICE ABOUT CHOOSING AND STORING WATERMELONS
What watermelons are the best?
When choosing a a watermelon, we have to consider the following tips:
For whole skinned watermelons
For opened watermelons cut into pieces
Tips to preserve a watermelon in good condition
Watermelons can not be frozen or stored in the refrigerator. Probably, in this sense, it is one of the most characteristic fruits of what we call "seasonal fruits".
They must be eaten not to long after being collected and can not be preserved in cold rooms.
Some years ago, you could only eat them for a few seasonal days. Lately, with greenhouse cultivation, its consumption period has increased. Anyway, good watermelons are those eaten in season, that's to say, in summer, when it's hot.
Can watermelon be put in the fridge?
If we try to keep not-opened watermelons in cold, we will see how its bark splits, its aroma is lost and the flesh becomes doughy.
The ideal temperature to preserve it is between 13 or 14 º C. It can be stored at higher temperatures for a maximum period of 10 days without noticeable effects. With longer periods, it loses flavor and can begin to rot.
Once opened, you should keep in the refrigerator at a temperature between 2 and 4 º C.
It's best to store it in airtight plastic container to prevent it to absorb or transmit other flavors from or to other foods.
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This material is for informational purposes only. In case of doubt, consult the doctor.