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  • How to Choose Cantaloupe
    The best way to pick a cantaloupe is by smell. The fruit should have a sweet, fruity scent. A good cantaloupe feels heavy for its size and has a rind with thick, raised netting and a stem end that yields slightly when pressed.

  • How to Store Cantaloupe
    Let a not-quite-ready cantaloupe ripen at room temperature for up to 2 days (keeping it in a closed paper bag will speed up the process). Refrigerate a whole ripe melon for up to 5 days. For cut cantaloupe, cover the surfaces and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (If possible, leave the seeds intact. They prevent the flesh from drying out.)

    How to Prepare Cantaloupe
    Wash the rind, then slice off the bottom and top ends of the melon so that it sits squarely on a cutting board. With a knife, cut away strips of the rind from top to bottom, following the shape of the fruit. Halve the fruit, scoop out the seeds, and slice or cube as desired.

  • How to Use Cantaloupe
    A cantaloupe at its peak is delicious on its own, cubed in salads, or pureed into a soup or a smoothie. Its sweetness pairs well with salty meats, like prosciutto, and fresh herbs, like mint or rosemary.

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