- Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance as a sign that it’s ready to eat.
- Prep: Perfect for adding to fruit salads or drinks.
- Tip: Tastes similar to cantaloupe but with a distinct sweetness.
- Pick: Look for melons with yellow coloring and a slightly soft stem end.
- Prep: High in vitamin C, these are great for juicing.
- Tip: Also known as “muskmelons”.
- Pick: Choose melons that are firm with a sweet fragrance.
- Prep: Sprinkle ginger, salt or a squeeze of lemon on this fruit for a delicious snack.
- Tip: Its juicy, creamy-green flesh is known for its sweet taste.
- Pick: Look for firm melons with a sweet fragrance and a smooth, waxy surface.
- Prep: Use in salsas, smoothies and sorbets for an added refreshing and fruity flavor.
- Tip: Keep at room temperature one to two days before serving for a juicier melon.
GaliaPick: The deeper the orange color, the higher the sugar content. Prep: Pair with ginger for a refreshing snack. Tip: Similar to a cantaloupe on the outside but like a honeydew on the inside.
HamiPick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma. Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint. Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.
HoneydewPick: Choose firm fruit heavy for its size, yielding slightly under pressure. Prep: When the peel is smooth and the rind is a light cream color, it’s considered mature and ready to enjoy! Tip: A wonderful addition to breakfast or salads.
Gold HoneydewPick: Once ripe, it’s possible to hear the seeds rattle inside. Prep: Perfect to add to fruit salads or drinks. Tip: Its name is inspired by its gold shell.
Orange-Flesh HoneydewPick: Ready to be enjoyed when the skin is slightly waxy and the color is yellow with an orange tinge. Prep: Eat as-is or include in a fruit salad. Tip: Also known as “temptation melons,” they share a taste of both honeydew and cantaloupe.
Lemon DropPick: Avoid melons that are too firm, too soft or have any part of the stem remaining at the tip. Prep: Enjoy as-is or include in refreshing summertime smoothies or sorbets. Tip: Expect a sweet-tart flavor with a hint of juiciness.
Santa ClausPick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance. Prep: Great as-is or in desserts. Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.
Watermelon (Seeded)Pick: A ripe melon should be firm, heavy and bruise-free. Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or in fruit platters. Tip: A good source of vitamin A, vitamin C and lycopene.
Watermelon (Seedless)Pick: Select a melon heavy for its size with a deep-pitched tone when thumped. Prep: Enjoy raw, in fruit salads or fruit platters. Tip: Despite the name, all seedless watermelon contain white seeds as well as an occasional black seed.
Watermelon (Mini)Pick: Choose a melon that is heavy for its size and bruise-free. Prep: Its small size is perfect to bring along to a picnic. Tip: Sweet, crisp and juicy, these melons contain about 88% water and are a hydrating snack.
What’s more refreshing and delicious than melon on a hot summer’s day? Branch out of the familiar watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew varieties and try one of the unique specialty melons available in-store today! Here are some handy picking and prepping tips to help you find the right ripe melon for a summer treat: