Robbie Sigona’s Produce Tips: Local Cantaloupe

  • Press very gently on the end opposite the stem end, there should be a slight give.Cantaloupe3_MA_360
  • For melons with ribs or netted flesh like the cantaloupe, look for pronounced ridges and netting and distinct color variation, more importantly smell it. It should have a pleasant, sweet smell.
  • Once you get the melon home store it at room temperature until fully ripe then refrigerate it.
  • Once cut, a melon needs to be refrigerated. Leave the seeds in any unused portions to maintain moisture. For optimal flavor let chilled melons come to room temperature before eating.
  • When selecting cantaloupe, look for a nice gold colored cast (or rind).
  • Cantaloupes should be heavy for their size.
  • Look for the “full slip” on the stem end, meaning there is a clean, smooth indentation. This shows that the fruit was fully ripe and ready to be picked and came off easily when pulled from the vine.

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Robbie Sigona is our produce buyer. He works with local farmers and scours the market for the very best in fresh fruits and vegetables — some you won’t find anywhere else.

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