Melons are members of the cucurbitaceae family, which makes a cousin to squash and cucumbers. There are two categories of sweet melons: watermelon and muskmelons.
- A ripe watermelon has a yellow side. A ripe watermelon is dull in color. A light tap to a ripe watermelon will produce a hollow sound. If the melon is white or a pale green on one side it is not ripe.
- A ripe honeydew has a yellow color.
- shake the melon, if you can feel the seeds moving or rattling around the melon is ripe. The honeydew is not ripe if a whitish-green. A ripe honeydew will smell like a fragrant flower.
- A ripe cantaloupe is smooth and the space between the netting is yellow and the fruit will have a sweet fruity aroma. If the stem is still attached the melon is not ripe.
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