Picking just the right fruit can be frustrating. Not so much with a little berry, it’s the larger melons that can be a challenge. Once I carried a huge, heavy and expensive watermelon home only to cut it open and have it burst it’s sticky water all over the counter and down the cabinets to the floor! Not only was it a mess, but I was left scrambling for something to bring to our block party as I was left with only the rind from my watermelon.
Following are some tips to help you avoid such a situation.
Cantaloupe – Look first for an indented stem area, that means that the melon came off the vine at just the right time. If the stem area indents slightly further when touched, then it is perfectly ripe. If the stem is pointed outward then it was picked too soon. It should have a slightly sweet smell, but if the smell is too vibrant then the melon is overripe. Also make sure the melon is without bruises or mold.
Honeydew – You want a smooth rind on the honeydew that is either white, yellow or a pale green. A bright green melon is not yet ripe. A ripe honeydew should also have a slight fruit aroma and be slightly soft at the stem end.
Wishing you a safe & happy 4th of July celebration!