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You can’t have a summer vacation in Mediterranean country without trying some delicious watermelons. In Croatia, those harvested in Neretva Valley come as wholeheartedly recommended, but that doesn’t mean other parts of the country can’t provide with expected quality. A perfect watermelon is sweet and refreshing, with thick texture and juicy interior. But not all of them are like that, and unless you are buying them sliced, it may be a challenge to recognize the best choice.

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Several techniques have been suggested to recognize a perfect watermelon. These include listening to the sound they make when knocked upon, or the vibrations one can feel while shaking them strongly. None of these lead to a guaranteed result, but there is a way that is more successful than others.

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When picking up a watermelon on the marketplace (such as Dolac in Zagreb), observe the so-called ‘ring’ of the plant. It is a circular part that was connected with the soil, usually of bright texture. If it has yellow tones in color, the watermelon is a sure purchase. If it is green or white, it should have been left on the field a few more days.

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We hope this trick will help you choose a great watermelon, and that your stay in the country will be as sweet as its taste. Share your moments in Croatia on our Facebook Wall and earn a chance to become our media contributor of the day.

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