Picking the perfect melon is a sensory experience. Some people give the fruits a thump and listen for a hollow sound to detect ripeness, but that’s not the most reliable way and there are other clues to look for.
Here’s your quick guide to picking the perfect melon.
• Watermelon: round and even shape, dull (not shiny) exterior, look for a golden/cream colored spot (that’s where it sat in the patch and ripened), no stem or if there is one it should be brown
• Cantaloupe: yellow/golden color (avoid green ones), deep recesses running end-to-end, smooth and round indentation where stem was
• Honeydew: dull (not shiny) exterior, color should be pale yellow/light lemon (avoid green ones)
• Watermelon: should feel heavy for its size, lift another of the same size and pick the heavier one
• Cantaloupe and Honeydew: feel for mushy spots and avoid those, should feel heavy, stem end should give somewhat when you press it with your thumb
• Watermelon: skip this test for watermelons
• Cantaloupe and Honeydew: sniff the end opposite where the stem was and it should be sweet and fragrant, no smell means it’s not ripe and an alcohol/acetone scent means it’s fermenting
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