Are you sick of buying a beautiful cantaloupe at the store, getting home and cutting it open to find that it’s unripe and flavorless, or mushy and old?Ripe Melon | CitiClean Blog It’s super easy to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe without ever cutting into it, you just have to know what to look for.

First take a look at the color of the cantaloupe. A ripe cantaloupe will be a golden orange color beneath the outer webbing. Any greenish color on the skin should be a sign that the cantaloupe still has a few days to go before it’s ready.

Next, take a look at the little circle on the cantaloupe where it came off the stem. The spot should have a sweet odor, and be slightly soft to the touch. If the spot is too soft it’s likely a sign that the cantaloupe is over ripe.

It’s not always the best idea to buy a perfectly ripe fruit. Cantaloupe’s continue ripening, even sitting on the kitchen counter. If you do all your shopping early in the week, knowing how to spot a slightly unripe cantaloupe could mean perfectly fresh fruit later in the week.

Now that you know what to look for, you’ll never wind up eating unripe melon again.

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