Have you wondered how to pick a good cantaloupe? It is actually quite easy and there is no thumping required.
I love cantaloupes. In fact, I can, and have, made an entire meal of a cantaloupe. Some of my friends have mentioned that while they like cantaloupe, they rarely buy it because too often they have been disappointed with bland melons. I will admit that there are a lot of underripe cantaloupes at the grocery stores, but I have a trick for finding a delicious cantaloupe every time – or if not finding a perfect cantaloupe leaving without one rather than accidentally buying a tasteless cantaloupe.
Cantaloupes have been on sale for great prices recently, but it doesn't matter how much you save on your melon purchase if you don't bring home a delicious cantaloupe.
How to Pick a Cantaloupe
Lift the cantaloupe to your nose and smell the part of the cantaloupe where it was severed from the vine. If the vine scar smells like fresh cut cantaloupe, it will be flavorful. If you can't pick up the sweet, musky scent of cantaloupe, put it back. Keep smelling melons until you find a cantaloupe that smells like a fresh slice of cantaloupe.
I also like my cantaloupe to be a little soft. I like a little give when I squeeze my melons – not squishy, but not rock hard either.
Picking a perfect cantaloupe is easy if you know the secret! But yes, people will look at you like your odd while you are standing in the produce aisle sniffing cantaloupes, but it is totally worth a few odd looks when you cut into a ripe melon!
Recipes using Cantaloupe:
Mojito Fruit Salad – This fruit salad is made with cantaloupe, watermelon, and melons. It is flavored with a light mint-lime dressing.
Cantaloupe and Apple Slushie – Not only is this a cool drink in the summer, you can serve it in a carved out cantaloupe.
Cantaloupe and Cucumber Infused Water – This is a refreshing way to hydrate yourself on a hot summer day.
Cantaloupe Fruit Pizza – Move over watermelon pizza, there is a new fruit pizza in town!
Cantaloupe, Apple, and Strawberry Yogurt Cup – Jazz up your yogurt with this fruit combo. This makes a filling breakfast or a healthy snack.