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Is there anything that can be done to speed up the ripening of a cantaloupe?

The best way to store a cantaloupe is at room temperature and not in a window. Unlike some other fruits which can contain starches that will convert to sugar after being picked from the vine, cantaloupe will not become sweeter no matter how long you let it sit. However, color, texture and juiciness CAN improve even after being picked. Sometimes putting the cantaloupe in a brown paper bag at room temperature can help speed the ripening process.

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