How to Tell if Honeydew is Ripe – A Honeydew also referred to as a melon, is a popular summer fruit that adorns fruit platters, fruit salads and is a perfect choice of fruits to take on a picnic. It is a great fruit that will complement any other selection of fruit or it is wonderful to simply eat by itself. It is best served at room temperature, however, it is personal preference if you like chilled.
Being able to choose fruit that is perfectly ripe is critical as a sub-ripe or too ripe piece of fruit is a sure fire way to destroy a perfect dish.
Honeydew such as other melons, berries, and pineapples are often difficult to select from at your grocery store or fruit shop as it is difficult to know if it is ripe or not.
How can you tell if a Honeydew is ripe?
Here are some simple helpful tips to ensure you buy the perfect Honeydew each time.
A Honeydew also called a melon, is a member of the Pumpkin Family. His cousins include the zucchini, cucumber, and even pumpkin. It has a high sugar content and is a beautiful juicy sweet orange fruit. He is very versatile. It can be cut into slices and eaten straight out of the skin, can be scooped into Honeydew balls or can be cut in half and used as a fruit bowl and filled with other fruits and berries (once the seeds are removed).
It has an acquired taste, and not everyone’s favorite, however, it’s a very popular inclusion in recipes and menus.
Do not forget to wash the fruit well before cutting it. Because it grows along the soil, dirt particles can carry bacteria so that when you cut into it you can transfer that from the skin of the fruit, via the knife.
Remember, too, that you probably were not the only one who touched and sniffed the fruit before buying it so you may just want to wash it anyway.
If you are looking to buy the perfect Honeydew, ripe and ready to eat, there are a few key elements you need to keep a close eye on:
- Smell it: A ripe Honeydew is sweet. It’s a likely odor that is very bad taste.
- Touch it: A ripe Honeydew is firm to the touch but has a little softness to it. If it is very fluffy and soft it is ripe.
- Stem-end will take a little give if you press it with your thumbs.
- Weigh it: A ripe Honeydew will feel heavier than it looks.
- Look at it: A ripe Honeydew will not be green from the outside. Will be light brown/beige. Avoid any that have weaknesses, punctures or bruises. It is OK, however, to buy the fruit if it has the appearance of a white/yellow whiteness of the local spot. This is simply from there and is rested on the ground while connected to the vine.
When in doubt, you can always buy a mature, firm Honeydew as it will continue to ripen over the next two days.
In case of doubt, the attendant approach. Any fruit sale should be able to help in choosing the fruit that will be ripe for today, tomorrow or the next day!