App of the Week: Melon MeterFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we near the end of the growing season, it can be harder and harder to get good fruit, but some creative developers are trying to take the guess work out of picking the perfect melon. They've made an app for that.
By: Kerstin Kealy, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - As we near the end of the growing season, it can be harder and harder to get good fruit, but some creative developers are trying to take the guess work out of picking the perfect melon. They've made an app for that.
The watermelon; by weight, it's the most-eaten melon in the U.S, and everyone has their tricks to make sure they get one that's perfectly ripe and perfectly sweet.
Lacey Holten- West Fargo: “Usually, I look for ones that are a pretty good color.”
Jim Keller- Hornbacher’s Produce Manager: “Well, some people smell them and some people will try to knock on them.”
Zack Flaten- Fargo: “I honestly don't know. I never bought one in my life.”
An app claims it can help take the guess work out of choosing your next watermelon.
Darlene McGarry- West Fargo: “I like it's where it's firm, but yet the bottom of that watermelon where it sat has to be yellow.”
Sam Buehler- Fargo: “I'd normally go up and flick it. If it has a good thump; that's what my Grand-mama said. If it thumps good, it's a good melon to take home.”
If you're a flicker, a shaker or a smeller, you can try Melon Meter for your iPhone and iPad. Even the experts were curious, like Osgood produce manager Jim Keller.
Keller: “I'd like to see it to try it, yeah.”
So we put the Melon Meter to the test. We brought three melons back to our newsroom. We turned on the melon meter and after a quick tutorial, we picked our melon size and learned the proper thumping techniques.
We put the microphone on the melon, pressed the red button, and knocked on the melon until the app told us to stop.
But the true test is the taste test, and for a tough crowd: Our newsroom staff.
So the Melon Meter proved a success for us, but our experts say there are a few things you can look for the next time you're in the grocery store; melon meter or not.
Keller: “Watermelon: We look for a nice yellow belly where they laid on the ground and if it sounds hollow, it's usually pretty good.”
To be fair, the Melon Meter also said our table was ripe. It didn't work on any other melons we tried.
The Melon Meter is $1.99 in the apple market.