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Will a honeydew melon continue to ripen once cut?

Q: Will a honeydew continue to ripen and get sweeter after cutting? The one I have is not sweet at all.

A: Honeydew melons will continue to ripen for several days once picked.  Ripe honeydew melons should feel heavy for their size, and have a sweet smell to them.  The end opposite the stem should be slightly soft.  Store unopened melons at room temperature, and cut melon in a plastic bag or container in the refrigerator.  See our fact sheet on Honeydew Melons for further storage, selection, and nutrition information.  Visit our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Honeydew Melon for tips on preparing this delicious fruit.


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