How to choose a cantaloupe



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A ripe cantaloupe is sweet and slightly soft.  If you've eaten them hard and not exactly sweet, try this:

Are  they "in season"?

Your best bet to find a great tasting cantaloupe is buying them in season (think hot weather, lot's of sun).  

Smell them.

I always pick up a cantaloupe and smell it where it was attached to the vine. If you smell a sweet smell it means that cantaloupe is good and ready.  Grab it!

What! Is there is no perfect one?  Make one!

If you've smelled a few, but they don't have any smell whatsoever,  it just means that they need to be give time to ripen.  You can still buy them and bring them home; just don't eat them right away; give them a few days.  Let them lay in a warm (room temperature or warmer) place for a few days, and they will ripen and become softer and sweeter.  But, don't forget about them;  if you leave them for more than a few days they will go bad. 

 

Here's  my weird way of eating a sweet, juicy cantaloupe. I spread some butter on bread, sprinkle it with salt and eat it in turn with cantaloupe.  Sounds too crazy? Try it and you may like it, too.

 

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