Cantaloupes are delicious fruit, but they can be tricky to pick out at the grocery store. You want to make sure you’re getting the best one possible.
But how do you know if it’s ready? Here are some tips that will help you choose the best cantaloupe every time.
🤔 How to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe? A ripe cantaloupe should smell sweet, look nice and orange at the top while staying green underneath the stem, have a slight give when you press on it, and sound full of juice when you knock or shake it.
Keep reading this article and you’ll never have trouble telling if your next melon purchase will taste great or go bad in the fridge before you get around to eating it.
How to Tell if a Cantaloupe Is Ripe?
There are several things to look for when picking out a cantaloupe. You want your cantaloupe to be ripe and sweet, so it tastes great in salads or on its own.
1. Smell It
First of all, make sure your cantaloupe has a strong smell. A ripe cantaloupe will have a sweet, fragrant scent.
If your melon smells like anything other than all-around deliciousness it’s not ready to eat yet.
2. Check the Color
Next, check the color of the skin under where the stem was attached; if it’s greenish-yellow instead of white or pale yellow, then it’s probably not ripe yet.
Cantaloupe should also have a yellowish-orange color that is much lighter than its green rind. If the melon has any green undertones, it isn’t ripe yet.
It should have a nice yellow base color, but not too deep or dark. There may be some green mixed in at the top of the melon near the stem, but this is normal.
3. Check for Soft Spots and Bruising on the Outside
As with any fruit or vegetable, if you pick up your melon and find any soft spots, bruising, or other damage to the outside it’s not very tasty.
4. Knock the Melon
If you’re still not sure, give your cantaloupe a knock. A ripe one should sound like it’s full of juice!
Finally, if you turn your cantaloupe upside down and give it a gentle shake, there shouldn’t be any sloshing around inside which indicates that there’s not much juice left in this melon anymore.
5. The Skin Color & Texture
Cantaloupes should have a thin, smooth rind with a slight texture to them. If you press your finger on the skin and it bounces back, then it’s probably ripe.
When cantaloupes are underdeveloped, their skin can have a bumpy texture to it, and it can also be very thick.
If you press your finger down on the skin and it makes an impression, then that cantaloupe is probably not ripe yet!
How To Ripen A Cantaloupe?
Most likely, your cantaloupe is already ripe when you bring it home from the store. But if you aren’t sure, here are a few ways to ripen it.
You can put cantaloupe fruit in a brown paper bag and keep it on the counter for at least three days to let it ripen more naturally.
If you don’t have time for that, then you can put your melon in the refrigerator.
The cold temperature will make it taste sweeter, but only if you place your cantaloupe on a plate or another piece of produce because placing cantaloupe directly on metal may cause it to spoil faster.
How Long Does Cantaloupe Last?
Cantaloupe will usually last around three to four days if left on the counter or two weeks in the refrigerator.
If you leave your cantaloupe out on the counter, make sure it’s not too close to any other products that could cause it to spoil faster.
If you purchase a very ripe cantaloupe that is almost too soft to hold, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to four days.
Uncut cantaloupe should last for at least three to four days on the counter.
Once your melon has ripened, you can eat it immediately or use it in recipes like chunky chicken and cantaloupe soup!
Hopefully, these tricks have helped you figure out when your cantaloupe is ready to be eaten.
What tips do you use when figuring out whether your fruits are ripe? Let me know below.