How to Pick the Perfect Cantaloupe (Video)

Telltale signs of ripeness

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By: Laura Jeffers, MEd, RD, LD

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How can you tell if the cantaloupe you are holding in your palm is really ripe? Here are a few ways you can tell.

1. Smell it.

It should smell sweet and also a little musky.

2. Feel it.

It should seem heavier than it looks. There should be some raised netting. And you should be able to push in the skin a little bit with your thumb.

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