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Old 06-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #11
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The last bad watermelon I had I left out for the raccoons. Even they didn't eat it. And I know they came around because I leave a bowl of food and a pan of water out for them and they were into the food and water. They totally ignored the watermelon.
lol. Raccoons are picky eaters, water mellon is not on thier pre ferred list, They love the cat and dog food you leave out...... They love shellfish, crabs, crayfish. They go after eggs and the young, frogs, young snakes, The reason for the water is that coons don't produce saliva, hence you see more coons killed on the road near a water source......And they do carry RABIES.........By the by, serve your next bad mellon to a flock of ducks or a barn yard of chickens...........
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I thought that my wife had posted this as she gets watermelon for her birthday cake with candles and all.

If you can find a local farmer that doesn't over water the melons at make them bigger these should be the sweet ones. As for color and stripes it has never worked for me. The wife says they talk to her and she has good luck at finding the good ones.

I tried growing my own and the deer and turtles ate more than we did, so I gave up.

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Picking one at a grocery store is a hit or miss proposition. They were usually transported quite a distance & picked green for long shelf life. They will continue to get red inside & will eventually evidence all the signs of being ripe, but will still taste green. The roadside stands are better, if the owner will be honest with you about when they were picked. If recently picked & show the usual signs of being ripe, will probably be good. Best, is going to the farm & cutting it off the vine yourself.

When cutting it yourself, on the stem not far from the end of the melon, there will be a small 'shoot' growing on the stem. When this starts curling up & dying, it's a sign the melon is about ripe. Final test is pressing on the center of the other end. A melon ripens from the stem out to the other end. When it is fully ripe, you will feel a little soft spot on the end. Too soft/spongey & it may be over ripe. If still hard, not ripe. This is the test I use at the local roadside stands, but still depends how long it has been off the vine.

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I thought this was the Tail Trail.
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I thought this was the Tail Trail.
That was my initial thought too...
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I love big juicy melons... Oh wait, you meant watermelons.

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Press on the ends of the melon, the softer it is the riper it is. I know this works on muskmelon and honeydew, it does sometimes on watermelons.

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I can tell if an avacado is ripe by giving it a little squeeze. It should have just a little give but not feel mushy. I cut an avacado in half, take out the pit and spoon it out and eat it just as it is. Yum!
Same here, i LOVE raw avacados. They have gotten a little pricey around here.
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Same here, i LOVE raw avacados. They have gotten a little pricey around here.
3/ 2$ on sale is the best I see. A little garlic salt or pepper is awsome on them.
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I thought this was the Tail Trail.
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That was my initial thought too...
Haha..........I did that on purpose. You guys are so easy...........

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Same here, i LOVE raw avacados. They have gotten a little pricey around here.
Yeah, they are pricy. But as a treat I buy on once in a while. I bought one this morning on my way home from work because of this thread.
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