How to Tell If Honeydew Is Ready to Eat?
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.
- 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.
Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.