- Look at the outer shell of the melon. Select melons that do not have any cracks, scrapes, or bruises.
- Look at the color of the melon. If there is any green or white coloring -- the melon is probably not ripe enough to eat yet.
- Check the stem of the melon. If you are able to press just a little into the stem, the fruit is ripe. If it is still hard -- the melon is not ripe enough.
- If you choose a melon that is not ripe enough -- allow it to sit on a the counter for a few days to ripen.
- Wash the outside of the melon with cold water before slicing.
- Cut melons should be placed in a container with a lid and stored in the refrigerator.
- Let your child help prepare. They can scoop melon into ball with a melon baller.
- Fruit kabobs -- put different types of melons on a skewer and serve with low-fat yogurt.
- Mix with other fruits into a fruit salad.
- Serve for dessert. You can even add frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream for a special treat.
Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip