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How to Choose a Ripe Melon

There isn't one universal rule when it comes to picking melons; it depends on the kind you're buying. Here are the signs to look for.

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Pick it up: It will feel heavy for its size.

Tap it: The fruit should sound hollow.


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Look at it: You want a dull, pale-yellow exterior.

Sniff it: The fruit should smell fragrant.


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Press it: The bottom should feel soft but not mushy.

Sniff it: A ripe one will have a sweet scent.


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Now watch Martha demonstrate the easiest way to cut a melon: