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Who would have thought there are dozen theories on how to tell if melons are ripe. O.O

We don't have a stash here so am buying from stores and local markets. Can anyone share the secret to finding a ripe melon, please? We're buying watermelon, honeydew, and musk.
 

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with canteloupe (prob what you are calling musk melon) its the smell. the ripe ones are the ones that have a strong sweet odor, they are usually a tiny bit soft too. watermelon you must go by sound. thump on it. the more hollow it sounds the better.
 

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A canatloupe will slip off the vine when it's ripe and ready to be picked. The vine should seperate cleanly from the melon leaving a smooth concave hole where the vine was. If a piece of the vine is still attached or looks partially ripped off then it was picked green and hasn't reached the full sweetness. Smell is a good indicator for cantalopes too. The more yellow the rind under the webbing the more ripe the fruit.
A honey dew will have some slight give at the blossom end and a pale yellow rind color. If honeydews are picked green they won't ripen any more at that point.
 

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Thanks all! Didn't realize a honeydew won't ripen, so much for plans to buy green and let 'em ripen. doh.
 
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