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Whenever I go into the supermarket in the summer time I see people picking out watermelons and talking about bee stings as indicators of a good melon, but I thought bees only sting when threatened and that the sting contains a venom. Is there any correlation between the marks on watermelon and bees? Adam

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When folks refer to bee stings, they are refering to marks on a "ripe" melon that resemble a bee sting that unripe melons dont have.  Bees do not sting watermelon.  A way to determine ripeness is by the look of the melon.  When ripe, it should not be shiny but have a duller appearence.  It also should not have any white color but creamy yellow and green instead.  Especially where the melon rested on the ground.  When tapped, the melon should not have a high pitched sound.

Posted on 23 Jun 2009

Taun Beddes
Horticulture Agent, Cache County

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