In Season: Melons need heat to turn sweet, so summer and early fall are their prime seasons.
What to Look For: Look for those that are fragrant and heavy. Press end opposite stem to feel for a bit of give. Give the melon a tap; you'll hear a hollow thump if it's ripe.
How to Store: Store whole melons in a cool spot. If cut, cover wedges in plastic and refrigerate up to four days.