Tailed – striped. How to choose, buy and eat watermelon or cantaloupe.

Tailed — striped Probably no one about the fruit does not talk as much horror as about melons.

Most of the horror stories have reason: watermelons and Melons can contain harmful substances, and if not properly stored poisoning when used them easily. But do we stop to buy these delicious berries, having heard the warnings. Of course not!

So, you will have to find a reasonable compromise between security and the desire to be treated with. Here are some simple guidelines to help you choose the most “safe” watermelon or cantaloupe.

Only at the end of summer it is recommended to buy these fruits. He had started in mid-August and will last until about mid-September. At this time, the most likely to buy fruit, ripened naturally, and not expelled with the help of chemistry.

The melon really can accumulate nitrates, and all the methods to determine their presence useless. Identify nitrates can be only with a special analysis. Of course, wearing a watermelon on the analysis in the lab you will not, and the instrument for the determination of nitrate you will most likely not. So just be careful not to eat the first 2-3 cm of pulp from the skins. But if you’re a fan, for example, from watermelon peels jam or candied melon – not too lazy to find out if your chosen fruit is safe.

Buy melons should be tested in places where traders can at any time to show the certificate for the goods. There are no such? Then take a look at least to how the fruits are stored if they are piled on the ground pass by. With this storage in the skin quickly appear microcracks through which penetrate into the bacteria. Try to keep a helpful seller from being able to cut you a slice of watermelon or cantaloupe on trial. First and. skin of the fetus, and a knife, and the two pairs of hands in this case, questionable cleanliness, and secondly, as you will carry home purchase, it will have time to multiply germs: hot and sweet juice – ideal conditions for them.

Choosing a ripe watermelon, inspect it. The skin should be intact, with no cracks or bruises, quite hard, bright spot on your side – bright yellow. The place where the tail is growing watermelon, by the way, tell you about the maturity of the tail is much more correct: it must be convex, with bright edges. Ripe melon has a firm, slightly springy under pressing crust, even color and strong flavor. If you slap a hand on the side of a ripe watermelon, the sound is ringing, at a ripe melon – deaf.

Do not buy pre-cut melons, and store them in the cut a long day. Even in the refrigerator is great danger of the sweet fruit in the bacterial “bomb.” Try also not to pack sliced watermelon and melon in plastic and plastic wrap.