One of the sweet summer treats that we all love is a sweet, juicy, flavorful melon. It is so frustrating when you get a melon home and you cut into it only to find that it is not ripe or over-ripe. Here are a few tips on how to pick out a good melon.
First of all, for any kind of melon there should be a noticeably discolored spot somewhere on the melon or field spot. It is usually a yellowish color and is a fairly decent size. This discoloration is caused from the melon laying on the ground. Melons with this spot mean that they allowed the melon to ripen naturally. The darker the color of the spot means it was left on the vine longer and becoming more sweet. If there is no spot then the melon was picked before it was ready.
When choosing a watermelon, the outside should be firm, dull and have an unblemished smooth skin. It should be symmetrically round. If it is misshaped then that means it did not grow properly. The watermelon should be heavy for its size which indicates that it has more water. The ripest watermelons have the most water.
A cantaloupe should have a sweet scent and should give slightly at the blossom end of the melon.
A honeydew melon should have a waxy exterior that is a rich, creamy yellow color. The rind of the melon should have freckling which means it is sweeter.