It’s official. Cantaloupes are in season (June to September). But I have to admit that I have a love/hate relationship with the fruit.
Why I love them? They are sweet and tasty, my kids love them and they are packed with nutrition. One cup of melon provides over 100% the Daily Value of both vitamins A and C. So if your kid doesn’t eat his vitamin-A rich greens, this is the fruit for you!
What I hate about them? It’s hard to figure out if they are ripe or not. Nothing is worse then opening one up to find it is hard and tastes horrible. The same is true when you buy one that is mushy and overripe.
So for the past year I’ve been a student of cantaloupe. I’ve studied them, talked to the produce guy and think I have finally figured out to how to pick a good one. Here are 3 steps that are helpful:
1. Check the color: When choosing cantaloupe you first want to pick it up and look at the color. The lighter the color the better — a niece beige color is good. You want to avoid ones that look too green. This pup was perfect.
2. Check for softness on the blossom end: Check this side of the melon and press with your thumbs. It should have some give, but not too much.
3. Smell it! Ripe cantaloupes should smell sweet but if it is too smelly, it could be overripe. Check for a fragrant melon but it shouldn’t be overwhelming.
But then comes the moment of truth. Did I get it right? Will my kids be happy or sad? Open it up and you’ll know instantly.
This one is a keeper!
Does your family eat cantaloupe? What other melons do you enjoy?