Picking up fruits up a cantaloupe at the grocery store can really be a gamble. The outside of most cantaloupes look the same, maybe with the exception of some few bruises on some. For the past few days, there have been a lot of questions about how to select Cantaloupe. Well, let us discuss this wonderful fruit.
The cantaloupe melon is native to India and Guinea, but is now cultivated in many other countries, including Brazil, Egypt, America and across Europe. It is normally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard. Cantaloupe can contain harmful bacteria (Salmonella) because of the surface of the outer “skin” therefore it is recommended to wash and scrub the melon thoroughly before cutting and consumption. The fruit should be refrigerated after cutting it and consumed in less than three days to prevent risk of Salmonella or other bacterial pathogens.
Now let’s quickly go through what to look out for when selecting our dear Cantaloupe.
Smell or Sniff
The first thing to do is to smell or sniff the melon at the stem core (where it was cut) don’t be embarrassed; that’s what smart shoppers do. It should have a good cantaloupe smell. Those without smell are unripe, and those with unpleasing odor are over-ripe.
Check the Color
A ripe cantaloupe will be golden or orange in color underneath and within the outer rind. An unripe cantaloupe will be green underneath.
Examine the Stem
Before buying a cantaloupe, make sure there aren’t any tears in the skin. There should also be an indentation in the stem area to show that the cantaloupe separated easily from the vine when it was harvested. You should avoid cantaloupe that are soft or moist in the stem area.
Examine the Texture
The melon should be firm but not too soft or too hard. Too soft is a sure sign of being overripe.
But hey! The good thing about cantaloupe is that it will continue to ripen. So, if you pick an unripe cantaloupe at the market, let it sit on your counter for a few days and it should be ready to eat. Have you ever tried these tricks? Did work for you or did it fail?
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