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How Can You Tell if Watermelon & Cantaloupe Are Ripe?

07/10/2017 at 1:31 |
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With temperatures rising, tis the season for chewing on refreshing fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe. But because each is concealed by skin at the supermarket, how do you know if they’re ripe? As for cantaloupes, if they’re heavy and feature well-defined netting on their skin, they’re probably good to go. Likewise, if you knock on them, a “deep, solid sound…like Sam Elliott’s voice” is a good sign. When it comes to watermelon, a hollow sound during the “knock test” is a good sign, although the best way to tell if it’s ripe is by the presence of a yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun.