4 Ways to Tell if a Honeydew Is Ripe

Color The rind of a ripe honeydew should be a bright, creamy yellow color. Avoid melons that still have a greenish tint, as they are likely underripe.

Texture Ripe honeydews will have a slightly waxy or velvety feel to the touch. Avoid melons with a dull, dusty appearance

Stem End Gently press the end opposite the stem. A ripe melon will yield slightly to pressure and then bounce back, while an unripe one will feel firm.

Shake Test Give the honeydew a gentle shake. If you hear the seeds rattling around, it's a sign the melon is overripe. Ideally, you should hear little to no sound

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Tap Test Lightly tap the honeydew with your fingers. A ripe melon will make a slightly hollow, resonant sound, while an unripe one will sound dull and flat

Weight Pick up the honeydew - a ripe one should feel surprisingly heavy for its size, as melons are mostly water

Smell A ripe honeydew will have a sweet, fragrant aroma. The longer it's left to ripen, the stronger the scent will be

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