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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
Melissa Llado

Do you know the secrets to how to pick a honeydew melon?  Read on to learn my secrets to how to pick a honeydew melon so you get a perfectly ripe, sweet, and juicy honeydew every single time.

How to Pick a Perfect Honeydew Melon

How to Pick a Honeydew Melon

Choose a Ripe, Sweet, and Juicy Melon Every Time!

So you had to know this was coming!  It’s full on fruit season and with the viral popularity of How to Pick a Mouthwatering Watermelon and How to Pick a Delicious Cantaloupe I just had to continue on with How to Pick a Honeydew Melon.  And believe it or not….there’s differences in choosing all three!

It’s so disappointing when you get a melon that just doesn’t taste good – not sweet enough or not ripe enough. It just makes the whole melon eating experience a let-down. That’s why I’m going to share with you how to pick a honeydew melon so you can get the most flavorful, enjoyable melon possible.

  • Squeeze the ends of the honeydew melon. You want them to have a little bit of a give to it, as that means it’s ripe.
  • Look at the color of the outside of the honeydew melon. The more yellow it is, the better. Look for a golden hue to it.
  • The skin will have almost a sticky texture when it’s at its ripest.
  • Brown spots on the rind of a honeydew melon are kind of like brown spots on a banana. That’s where the fruit is the sweetest. So don’t shy away from a few brown spots.
  • Weight matters, too. Because melons consist of mostly water, you want one that is heavier than it appears. This will be the juiciest melon.
  • Use all of your senses when checking your honeydew melon. Give it a smell. If it has a nice, pleasant aroma, then it’s going to taste good too.
  • Now give a listen. Hold the honeydew melon up to your ear and shake it side to side. If you can hear the seeds rolling around in there, then it’s ripe.
  • Give it a tap. A hollow sound means the melon is ripe.
  • If you find an orange-fleshed honeydew, that’s okay. This is a new kind of honeydew which is easier to tell if it’s ripe. The more orange it is, the better. However, be warned – it might not have as sweet of a taste as your typical honeydew melon.
  • If a honeydew melon is picked too soon (before it turns yellow), it will never ripen. They’re best avoided past August because you probably aren’t going to get a very tasty melon after than unless you live in California where they are grown.

The most important when choosing just the right honeydew melon is to pay attention to the color of the rind. A honeydew melon starts out green. If it remains green or even has a greenish hue to it, then it’s not at all ready yet. Watch out for green spots too. This means it’s just not ripe yet. And it’s not going to get that way with time like bananas will.

Honeydew melon is really a melon you have to buy to eat right away. It doesn’t get better if you buy it early and let it sit in the sun. You also want to store it at room temperature. However, after it has been cut into you will need to store it in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. This will help keep it fresh for up to two weeks.

Now go out and pick your perfect honeydew melon and then enjoy all of its sweet, watery goodness. You’ll never pick a disappointing melon again with these tips on how to choose the best honeydew melon.

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Melissa Llado
Melissa is a busy mom trying to survive the preschool years. She loves a good Pinot Grigio and cuddling up on the couch for the latest super hero movie. Her kids enjoy getting in the kitchen and helping make a mess trying new recipes! Even though she's constantly creating new and delicious treats she usually winds up buying grocery store treats when it's time for her to take snacks for school-- at all of the teachers' dismay.
Melissa Llado