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For most of us picking a melon at
its peak of ripeness and flavor means choosing one in the store, not
finding one that you tug off the vine. So here are some tips for
"harvesting" that perfect melon in the produce section or
Smell: Breath deeply and
follow your nose to the sweet ripe melon. Sniff the aromatic one out.
Look: A beige honeydew with
distinct green veins reveals immaturity. Pale yellow with bright
lemon-colored areas suggests it matured on the vine.
Cantaloupes are unripe when the
skin beneath the textured “web” is green and ripe when
orange or golden.
See if the bottom is slightly flat
and yellow or has a bleached spot. This means that it flattened under
its own weight on the vine in the dirt. That’s good. Check to
see if the stem end is moist (good) or moldy (bad).
Feel: It should be firm but
not a rock. If soft or soft spots it’s too far gone. Sponginess
Listen: Honeydew will rattle
from loose seeds when ripe. Cantaloupes are unreliable rattlers and
this doesn’t work on them. Thump it. Knock on it as if it were a
door a couple of times. A deep and thick dense sound is good a hollow
sound can mean insufficient moisture.
Guess. All indicators will not
always work. Take your best shot and go with it.
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