Cantaloupes are in season! (June through September, just FYI.) Here's a few tips to help you pick a good one:
- Look at the color: cantaloupes should be a light yellow/cream color under the netting; not green. If it's still green, put it back.
- Soft-ish stem end: the spot where the vine was attached should yield slightly under pressure. You don't want it to be too hard or too soft - middle ground is what we are shooting for, if it's too hard or soft, put it back.
- Smell: the fruit should have a slightly sweet/musky smell. If it's an overwhelming scent it may be overripe, put it back.
- Size/weight: we've all heard this one, but the melon should be heavy for it's size and free of bruises and soft spots. If it's bruised up or seems like a lightweight, put it back.