I love a sweet, juicy, fragrant melon in the summer. You just can’t beat ripe cantaloupe or honeydew when they’re in high season. And, no, you do not need to buy pre-cut melon to avoid slicing off a finger! I’ve seen others cut melons in a variety of ways, but I find this method, albeit a bit different, to be the safest and most efficient method.
Many people think selecting a melon at the store is a game of chance. That’s somewhat true but there are a few guidelines to ensure you’re choosing a good melon on more than a leap of faith. First, avoid any melons that have bruising or soft spots. In terms of weight, choose a fruit that feels heavy for its size. Take a gander at the color; cantaloupe should have light gold hue while honeydew should look slightly yellow or cream. For either a cantaloupe or honeydew, green coloration on the skin indicates that it’s not yet ripe. And, finally, use your nose — when you apply gentle pressure to the stem end, it should yield a bit and give off a slightly sweet scent.