When it comes to picking the perfect melon, seek out organic cantaloupes so you can make use of the tasty rind as well as the seeds and flesh, says Julissa Roberts, director of the Rodale Test Kitchen. Ripe melons will have a sweet, musky aroma, and the stem end will yield to light pressure. Because cantaloupes grow on the ground and their netting can absorb dirt and trap bacteria, it’s important to wash them thoroughly with cold water and give them a good scrub with a vegetable brush before cutting into them.
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Make the most of these melons with the following delicious cantaloupe recipes.