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How to choose the perfect melon
Watermelons should feel heavy for their size, and they should have firm, shiny rinds. Look for a large yellow spot, which is where the melon rested on the ground. Those spots start out white but turn golden as sugars develop. And forget what you heard about the best melons sounding hollow when you knock on them—that’s a myth.
Cantaloupes, like all other melons, don’t ripen once they’ve been picked, so make sure they have a strong aroma. They should also give slightly when you squeeze them. Syrupy juice leaking from the stem end is always a good sign, but beware mushy rinds, brownish colors, and too much spotting or scarring. That goes for all melons.
Honeydew melons will have a white or creamy color when they’re ripe. The rind should be free of microhairs and feel slightly tacky. Melon aromas and slight scarring around the stem also indicate sweetness.
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