Cantaloupe, One Medium
Cantaloupe melon softens and becomes even more flavorful after spending a day or two on the counter. To determine whether it's ready to serve, smell the stem end of the fruit. It should have the sweet scent that makes it such a hit among fruit fans.
How to store
Once it's ripe, cantaloupe is best kept in a cool, dark place or in the refrigerator.
How to prep
Purists use the cantaloupe as a bowl, eating the pale orange fruit directly out of this halved melon, sometimes even adding ice cream.
- Cut in half, length-wise
- Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds
- Cut slices through the fruit of the melon
- Run a sharp knife along the rind to release the fruit in strips
Add a fiery kick to this luscious fruit by sprinkling slices with a chili salt, bringing together the winning combination of sweet and heat.