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What's the best test for selecting a ripe melon?

I usually do pretty well when selecting a watermelon, a cantaloupe or a honeydew, but sometimes I strike out. Would love to hear how others go about selecting one.


Asked by NannyB. at 1:47 PM on Jul. 18, 2012 in Food & Drink

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Answers (11)
  • You definitely want them to have some weight, if they're too light they're drying out. Watermelon should be somewhat yellow on one side, but not soft anywhere. and like but_mommie said, you should be able to smell the fruit from the stem on cantaloupe and honedew.

    Answer by ohwrite at 1:50 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • I thump it and listen for a hollow sound and feel.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 1:47 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • i thump it and make sure it has very little yellow on the bottom (watermelon)

    Answer by josiesmommy00 at 1:48 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • watermelon should be heavier than it looks
    Cantaloupe and honeydew should have a strong smell of fruit form the stem area.

    Answer by But_Mommie at 1:48 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • I agree with PP with watermelon it should sound sort of hollow. With the other two they should smell like that fruit. When I walk into the produce department if I can smell Cantaloupe then I know its ripe.

    Answer by theosgirl45 at 1:49 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • A cantaloupe's veins should be tan
    Watermelons should be light green

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 1:50 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • You're going to think this is odd, I know, but I sniff the area where the stem was. If it smells sweet, it's good. That's been my experience only, however.

    Answer by BrawnwynII at 1:57 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • send my husband.... LOL. he's amazing at 'em

    Answer by hibbingmom at 1:58 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • smell the stem

    Answer by adnilm at 1:59 PM on Jul. 18, 2012

  • You should thump it hollow sound is not good and it should be firm

    Answer by booklover545 at 8:42 PM on Jul. 18, 2012