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:
- 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.
Pick: 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.
Pick: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.
Pick: 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.
Pick: 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.
Pick: 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.
Pick: 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.
Pick: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
Prep: Great as-is or in desserts.
Tip: Name inspired by its availability in winter months.
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.
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.
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.