How to Cut a Melon in 6 Easy Steps

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The term melon refers to a variety of different melon varieties, the most popular of which include cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon. These delicious fresh fruits all share similar characteristics. They’re a large fruit in the gourd family with sweet flesh and many seeds. Melon tastes sweet, juicy, and tender.

Each type of melon boasts a distinctive flavor. Cantaloupe features a sweet, musky flavor, while honeydew boasts a lighter flavor that’s more reminiscent of honey. Of course, we’re all familiar with the sweet, juicy taste of watermelon.

Melon is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and carotenoids, which are antioxidants that can help improve eye function. It also includes a high amount of folates that help maintain cells within the body. In addition, melon boasts high amounts of potassium, which is an important mineral for healthy heart function. Melon makes a great snack, whether eaten on its own or added to fruit smoothies, chopped up in a fruit salad, or even grilled on the barbecue.

You might be used to picking up melon that has been pre-cut for you at the grocery store. However, you can cut a melon yourself without much trouble in just a few moments. We’ve broken it all down for you below.

How to Tell if a Melon is Ripe

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First, you want to ensure that the melon you choose is ripe and delicious to eat. To do this, give a firm tap on the side of the melon with a closed fist. A ripe melon will emit a deep hollow sound, whereas an unripe melon will sound higher-pitched. An overripe melon sounds more like a thud. Also, consider the weight of the melon. If it seems heavy for its size, it is more likely to be ripe. Unripe melons feel light for their size, while overripe melons feel too heavy and dense.

For fans of melon, we have plenty of delicious treats to offer. Consider our Delicious Fruit Design®, which features an assortment of pineapple daisies, strawberries, honeydew, and cantaloupe wedges. Or opt for our Dipped Fruit™ Decadence Platter with dipped strawberries, pineapple daisies, Granny Smith apple wedges, and an assortment of freshly sliced melon.

How to Cut a Melon

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Cutting a melon isn’t tricky or complicated. Instead, it’s pretty straightforward and easy to do. Plus, the result makes the whole process more than worth it. Here are the steps that result in a perfectly cut melon:

  1. First, rinse off the melon in cool water thoroughly before cutting. If possible, you can even give it a scrub with a vegetable brush. This ensures that you don’t transfer any dirt or bacteria from the surface of the fruit into the delicious flesh.
  2. Use a large, sharp knife and cut the melon in half lengthwise, making sure to cut through the stem area at the top.
  3. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. Take the side of the spoon and scrape along the flesh to remove the seeds and stringy pulp from where they are attached to the fruit.
  4. Next, cut the melon in half again lengthwise. Then, cut each quarter into two or three wedges. At the end of this step, you’ll end up with eight to ten wedges.
  5. Next, you can remove the rind from the melon wedges. To do this, hold the melon wedge in your hand. Find the place where the color changes between the rind and melon flesh. Slide a paring knife right along that line to remove the rind from the melon flesh.
  6. From here, you can eat the melon wedges just as is. Or, you can cut it into small chunks or slices, depending on your needs. To cut into chunks, take each melon wedge and chop it into chunks the size of your choice. Or, slice each wedge lengthwise into slices.

How to Store Melon After It is Cut

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Once cut, a melon will last three to five days in the refrigerator. Just make sure the pieces are well wrapped in a sealed container.  You can also freeze melon pieces to extend their lifetime. Place melon chunks or slices on a cookie sheet and freeze until solid. Then, place them in an airtight container. Once frozen, they will last six to ten months. You can use frozen melon in smoothies or to make a melon sorbet.

Now that you know how to quickly and easily cut melon, you can pick one up at the store and enjoy the freshly cut and juicy fruit whenever the occasion strikes. You’ll be able to get your fill of all your favorite melon varieties, including honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon. They all work deliciously when incorporated into fresh fruit trays, added into smoothies, or eaten just on their own!