How to Choose a Good Cantaloupe
(this does not work for watermelon)
Smell the blossom end (opposite of the stem end), there should be a strong, sweet aroma
There should be no stem as a ripe melon “slips” of separates completely from the stem when ripe in the field. If there is stem than the melon was harvested green but could still be ripe if the aroma is strong and sweet.
Skin should have a golden cast to it and strong netting. green ribbing is common in many heirloom ‘loupes and is not an indicator of unripeness
|Golden Gopher heirloom melon|