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Author: CountUpp Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 31086  
Subject: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/30/2012 1:41 PM
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We planted some melons this year for the first time. Not sure what kind (Wife's project.) They look more or less like cantaloupe, but greener. IIRC, the picture showed a more reddish flesh than cantaloupe.

Question is, how to know when they're ripe? In the grocery store, I press the blossom end. If it feels soft, the melon is ripe. Same for a melon still on the vine?

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Author: AlsoChorizo Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30285 of 31086
Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/30/2012 3:21 PM
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how to know when they're ripe?

Thump them.

AC *it's the sound that tells you*

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Author: Jeanwa Big gold star, 5000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30286 of 31086
Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/30/2012 3:48 PM
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Thumping is an art.

Here's a link about melons.

http://faq.gardenweb.com/faq/lists/cornucop/2002071935010165...

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Author: DorMill Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 30287 of 31086
Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/30/2012 5:56 PM
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Just takes practice. A not hard slap/pat/thump should do it. The more hollow it sounds, the better. Also if it has just a bit of bounce back feel to the hand...

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Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/31/2012 8:32 PM
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The cantaloupe vine will start to separate from the fruit when it is ripe the way a scab separates from a wound. So if your variety has a webbed skin it will practically pick itself.

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Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 7/31/2012 10:14 PM
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The cantaloupe vine will start to separate from the fruit when it is ripe the way a scab separates from a wound. So if your variety has a webbed skin it will practically pick itself.

GeeB


Thanks! That sounds cool. I picked one today, put it on the kitchen counter. It doesn't sound or feel ripe.

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Subject: Re: Melon Quetiion Date: 8/20/2012 1:10 PM
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The cantaloupe vine will start to separate from the fruit when it is ripe the way a scab separates from a wound. So if your variety has a webbed skin it will practically pick itself.

GeeB

Thanks! That sounds cool. I picked one today, put it on the kitchen counter. It doesn't sound or feel ripe.

Count Upp


I finally have ripe melons! Thanks, GeeB, for your info. We have eaten a couple of them. More are ripe. and ready to eat

Count Upp

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