How to Tell If Honeydew Is Ready to Eat?

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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.

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.

  • 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.

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

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.

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

  • Smell the honeydew melon to determine if it has a sweet smell.
  • Overripe honeydew melons will make a slight rattling sound because the fibres have separated.

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.

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