How to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?



In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?” methods to ripen cantaloupe and cut the cantaloupe.


How to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?


The cantaloupe gives out a pleasant smell and the fruit’s netting also changes from green to tan color which helps in indicating whether the cantaloupe is ripe. 


Let us look at signs that indicate a cantaloupe’s ripeness:


  • The spot on the top of the cantaloupe can be checked. The top of the melon would be attached to the vine. If the cantaloupe is unripe, the stem end will be firm and smooth. When the cantaloupe gets ripe, the stem end would separate from the melon.


The melon would also separate itself from the vine, once it starts ripening. As a result, it is important to pay attention to the cantaloupe if you are growing it in your garden or while buying it.


If the cantaloupe tastes bitter, it is unripe.


  • Look at the cantaloupe’s rind. If the rind of the cantaloupe gives out a creamy yellow color, instead of green, it is likely to be ripe. 


Also, try pushing the melon opposite the stem end. If the cantaloupe is ripe, it would be slightly firm and form a dent around the area wherein you first touched it. Overripe ones though can be extremely mushy and not at all firm.


  • Check the belly of the cantaloupe to determine whether it has turned ripe. The belly of the cantaloupe is white in color as it is not a region that gets much exposure to the sun. If the belly starts displaying a yellow color, the cantaloupe has ripened.


Check the tendril opposite the stem end of the cantaloupe. Initially, the tendril would be curly but when the tendril starts becoming dry, the ripening process of cantaloupe has begun.


  • If you are buying cantaloupe seeds, you should have a look at the time required for harvesting the cantaloupes provided in the packs. 


  • The taste of the cantaloupe is another factor. If the cantaloupe gives off a bland taste, it is not ripe. If the cantaloupe is hard to eat and not soft, it has not ripened yet. Ripe cantaloupe is sweet and juicy.


  • The weight of the cantaloupe is another factor. If the cantaloupe is heavy, it is likely to be ripe. 


How to take out ripened cantaloupe from the field?


For harvesting cantaloupes, 70-100 days are required. Once picked, cantaloupes would stop ripening. Also do not force the cantaloupe to detach from the vine. If the cantaloupe is ripe, it will detach itself detach from the vine.


You can also check whether the cantaloupe is slightly firm and gives out a pleasant aroma as well.


How can you ripen a cantaloupe?


If a green cantaloupe has been taken out from its vine, it would not ripen. You can still soften the texture of the cantaloupe and make it a little sweeter. 


Place the cantaloupe in a paper bag. The cantaloupe should be kept at room temperature after placing it in the paper bag. Check the paper bag after two days to see whether the cantaloupe has ripened. 


Check the cantaloupe daily to determine whether it has ripened properly or not.


How to cut a cantaloupe?


Always choose a ripe cantaloupe to cut because it is a little less firm and sweeter to taste. Use a sharp knife like a chef’s knife to cut the cantaloupe.


Wash the cantaloupe in running water. You can also use a fruit or veggie spray to clean the cantaloupe properly.


Start cutting the cantaloupe from the end by cutting the rind. Now flip the cantaloupe over and cut it into two equal halves.


After cutting the cantaloupe in half, take out the seeds. Slice the cantaloupes into 1-1 ½ inch slices. Repeat the same with the other half of the cantaloupe as well.


Lay the rind side of the cantaloupe down. Using your knife, start slicing the green area of the melon to where it turns orange in color. Slide the knife onto the cantaloupe till it separates itself from the fruit. Do not use the green part of the flesh as it might be bitter.


Cut the cantaloupe into smaller chunks. You can also separate the rind first from the cantaloupe before slicing it into smaller chunks too. If you like it with the rind, you can cut the cantaloupe with the rind.


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In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe?” methods to ripen cantaloupe and cut the cantaloupe.




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