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July 22, 2005

a secret

For anybody who wants to pick a ripe watermelon in the field, I'm gonna tell you something that not many people know. You don't need to "thump" the watermelon to tell whether it's ripe or not. (although that method works if you know the right sound.)

Look at the back end of the melon--- the part on the opposite side of the stem. You'll see a little green thingy growing out of there. (We call those "pig tails" in southeast Georgia.) It will be green and stiff until the melon is ripe, then it will shrivel and curl up--- like a pig's tail. Once you see that, the melon is ready to eat.

Most farmers knock those off before they haul their melons to market, so you won't see "pig tails" in the store. But I AM NOT MAKING THIS SHIT UP!!! Go look at watermelons growing, if you live anywhere around a farm. Look for the "pig-tail" and tell me I'm mistaken.

I'm NOT mistaken. I'm a country boy.

Comments

It has been duly noted...No pigtails=ripe watermelon.

Posted by: Ruth on July 22, 2005 04:25 PM

The end opposite the stem is known as the "bloom end."

My Mama's daddy grew big old timey 20-30 pound honker mellons on the back side of a terrace row by his cornfield in lower Alabama. Dozens of them--for family consumption.

I got my butt whipped more than once for "accidentally" busting one open before it was ripe, so the lesson you are talking about I learned the hard way

Posted by: Virgil on July 22, 2005 04:45 PM

I knew you would come through for me!! Thanks, Rob!!!

Posted by: drc on July 22, 2005 05:02 PM

That's how my grandma always picked hers!

Posted by: Kellie on July 22, 2005 05:10 PM

Ah, okay. I had forgotten those.

Posted by: Jay on July 22, 2005 06:05 PM

Now that pigtail sounds right handy.

I was thinking--men in the wild need to have a "pigtail" or some kind of similar indicator to help women judge their character. It would be a time saver, no? Heh

Posted by: Suz on July 22, 2005 07:23 PM

There's just something about country boy and pigs tails that don't sound right; maybe 'deliverance' is the word I'm thinkin'

Posted by: Michele on July 22, 2005 08:37 PM

Y'all Mericans have different melons in the states. The ones we grew turned yellow near the earth when ripe, and the stalk would get spongy.

The pigstails would shrivel way before that.

Posted by: Yogimus on July 22, 2005 09:14 PM

I got the fire thing typing up right now. Give me a few.

Posted by: Yogimus on July 22, 2005 09:16 PM

Done, check here.

http://www.livejournal.com/users/yogimus/

Posted by: Yogimus on July 22, 2005 09:46 PM

Most farmers knock those off before they haul their melons to market, so you won't see "pig tails" in the store. But I AM NOT MAKING THIS SHIT UP!!! Go look at watermelons growing, if you live anywhere around a farm. Look for the "pig-tail" and tell me I'm mistaken.

I'm NOT mistaken. I'm a country boy.
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Nope, you sure aint mistaken, Rob. I was in the produce business for 10 years...5 of them as produce manager for a local chain.

We were an "Affiliated" food store...but I had the authority to buy (and we preferred to) from local farmers, rather than the warehouse.

Home grown 'maters were the favorite. Watermelons? Yep...the sellers always tried to knock off that stem. BUT...if they agreed to a certain price for the whole load, I would buy them anyway...but re-sell them for a reduced price.

It was fresh black-eyed peas that were the hardest to buy. Because I couldnt make a profit off of them...but around New Years Day, I took a beating on it just because it is the Southern way! And my boss looked the other way on the "gross" when it came to that!

Posted by: Randy (TexasReb) on July 23, 2005 04:19 AM
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