How to Tell If Honeydew Is Ready to Eat?

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How to Tell If Honeydew Is Ready to Eat?
A honeydew with the strongest sweet aroma will have the sweetest taste. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Selecting a ripe honeydew melon allows you to enjoy the sweet and juicy fruit. A honeydew melon that has not ripened will not taste as sweet and it may have a tough texture. An overripe honeydew melon may spoil more quickly and have a mushy texture. Whether you are selecting a melon from your home garden, grocery store or farmer's market, taking the time to pick a ripe honeydew melon is important to enjoy the rich sweet flavour.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Examine the honeydew melon colour. Ripe honeydew will have a golden yellow colour, while an unripe melon will appear beige and may have yellow or green stripes. The skin should be smooth and waxy, not dusky.

  2. 2

    Smell the honeydew melon to determine if it has a sweet smell. A noticeably sweet smell indicates a ripe melon.

  3. 3

    Press down on the melon lightly. A ripe melon will feel firm but not rock hard. Avoid melons with soft spots; this usually indicates an overripe melon. However, the end opposite the stem should be slightly springy when pressed.

  4. 4

    Shake the melon carefully and listen. Overripe honeydew melons will make a slight rattling sound because the fibres have separated.

  5. 5

    Tap on the honeydew melon lightly. If the melon makes a deep sound then it has finished ripening. If you hear hollow sound, then the melon needs to finish ripening.

Tips and warnings

  • After you harvest a honeydew melon, it will no longer ripen.
  • Avoid pressing too hard on the honeydew melon because you can bruise the fruit.

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