Picking melons at the store can be a bit hit and miss, but here’s a little guide I follow to try to make more hits than misses….
When picking a WATERMELON:
- pick it up, it should feel heavy for its size.
- look for a buttery yellow spot on one side. This is where it sat to ripen in the sun. A white spot means it hasn’t ripened enough, a dark yellow might mean its overripe.
When picking a ROCKMELON:
- check the stem. If theres still one there it means it was picked before it had ripened. It should have a small indent which means it came away from the vine easily, meaning it had been given time to mature before picking.
- smell it. If you can smell its sweetness, you should be quids in.
When picking a HONEYDEW:
- the skin should be pale yellow. Any green means its underripe.
- like watermelon, it should also feel heavy for its size.
- also give it a whiff near the stem end. Smell’s sweet? You’re good to go.