To find a ripe honeydew, first search for a nicely spherical, symmetrical melon. The exterior should be a dull, pale yellow-if you see green, that's a red flag, signaling under-ripeness. As with watermelon (and many other fruits), it should feel heavy for its size (most weigh between four and eight pounds).
An oval (elongated) shaped watermelon will be more watery while a round-shaped watermelon will be sweeter.
The ideal watermelon should be a very deep green. Lighter-colored watermelons probably didn't ripen long enough on the vine. When inspecting color, look for the signature contrasting dark green with lighter stripes to find a winner.
The webbing of a watermelon indicates the number of times that bees touched the flower. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon is.
Webbing is the brown, course web-looking material. This is caused when bees pollinate the flower and scar the membranes that later form the fruit. The more pollination the sweeter the watermelon.
Check the tail
A watermelon’s tail refers to the piece of stem that remains attached after the fruit is harvested. Transporting water and nutrients that allow it to grow, the stem connects the plant’s leaves, flowers, and fruit to its roots.
A green stem usually indicates that the watermelon was harvested too early and will not be ripe, as it was still growing. On the contrary, a dried stem points to a ripe watermelon.
Check the field spot
A large, yellow spot indicates that it spent more time ripening on the vine and should be sweeter. On the contrary, a whiter spot suggests that it was picked too soon and didn't reach peak ripeness