- 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: Known for its floral and sweet aroma.
- Prep: Try pairing with cucumber and mint.
- Tip: A good source of vitamins A and C.
- 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 for 1-2 days before serving for a juicier melon.
- 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: Choose firm melons with a sweet fragrance.
- Prep: Great as-is or in desserts.
- Tip: This melon has a flavor similar to honeydews.
- 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: 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: The deeper the orange color, the sweeter it will be.
- Prep: Pair with ginger for a refreshing snack.
- Tip: Similar to a cantaloupe on the outside but like a honeydew on the inside.
- Pick: Once ripe, it’s possible to hear the seeds rattle inside.
- Prep: Perfect to add to fruit salads or drinks.
- Tip: Their name is inspired by their golden shell.
- 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 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: 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.
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 slice into unique, specialty melons this season! Here are some handy picking and prepping tips to help you find the perfect melon for a summer treat: