Here’s How to Pick a Ripe Cantaloupe to Eat

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Cantaloupe is a delicious melon that can be found throughout the year in supermarkets and farmers markets alike.

Known for its orange flesh and its light, watery character, cantaloupe is a great, healthy option for fruit lovers.

Choosing a cantaloupe thatโ€™s ready and ripe to eat can be a little bit difficult. Here are some tips that will help you ensure that your cantaloupe is in peak shape for eating.

Smell the Fruit

This is the most key part of choosing a cantaloupe. Cantaloupes that are ripe and ready to eat should have a detectable sweet smell. If it smells rotten, itโ€™s too old. If it doesnโ€™t smell, itโ€™s not ready to eat.

Check Out How Much it Weighs

Anyone whoโ€™s ever held a cantaloupe can tell you that these fruit are heavy. Make sure that the cantaloupe is heavy and doesnโ€™t feel light. If it feels light, it isnโ€™t mature enough.

Squeeze the Flesh

Cantaloupe flesh should give ever so slightly when you press it with your finger. It shouldnโ€™t be completely hard, nor should it give in easily when pushed.

Examine the Rind

The rind of a cantaloupe has a peculiar pattern. When you look at a ripe and good cantaloupe, its outer rind will be light tan and have a webbed pattern.