How to Buy, Store, and Cook With Melon, In Season in July

June 29, 2015

There’s a whole world of melons out there, and it goes way beyond honeydew and watermelon. Musky, sweet, and totally juicy when ripe, melons are one of our favorite summertime treats. But get ‘em when they’re underripe, and you’ve got a bland, boring, bottom-of-the-fruit-salad deal. It’s worth seeking out the best.

Some of the smaller melon varieties, like cantaloupe, are very fragrant when ripe and ready. If it smells sweet and musky, it’s good to go. Another way to test: use your knuckle to rap on the skin. If it sounds hollow, it’s likely ripe (this method…