Is this Cantaloupe ripe?

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cantaloupeInspect the outer shell for several characteristics:

  1. Firm hard melon with no obvious bruises/moldy patches
  2. Underlying color. This should be mostly orangish/whitish. Avoid melons with mostly green or white underlying color.
  3. Inspect the stem end. If the stem is still attached, avoid that melon as it will likely be unripe. Ripe Cantaloupes separate cleanly from their stems when picked.
  4. Smell the stem end. If there is NO smell, or a slightly moldy smell, avoid that fruit and choose another. Ripe Cantaloupes should smell like cantaloupe, slightly fruity and faintly musky. (Cantaloupes are commonly called “Musk Melon” in some areas.)

 

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