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A GREAT reader question from Leah –
I hope it clears things up for you!
We are starting to see a lot o melons pop up in the world of fresh fruit and after the long winter, the thought of a sweet, juicy melon can make our mouths water! There is nothing worse than getting that beauty home, slicing into and finding out that what we really bought, was a lemon.
Here are some tips to ensure that you always hit the mark and bring home a treasure! It involves using your five senses:
Smell: A ripe cantaloupe smells very sweet. It should not smell musty or green.
Sight: The outer skin should not appear to have a green hue. There should not be any vine attached. Ripe cantaloupe fall right off of the vine. It should be smooth and slightly green around the edges where the vine was once attached. Avoid cantaloupe that are soft or appear to be bruised.
Touch: Press on the end that was not attached to the vine. It should give a little, indicating that it is fresh and ripe. It should feel heavier than it looks indicating that it’s ripe and juicy. Choose a cantaloupe that is firm, but not hard.
Hearing: It should sound hollow when tapping it in the middle of the fruit.
Taste: Yes, you have to wait until you get it home for this one, but – if your melon passed the other steps, you should have a high score on taste too!