In this guide, we'll cover everything you could want to know about the taste and texture of honeydew along with some fun ways to enjoy it!
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What Does a Honeydew Taste Like?
The easiest way to explain what a honeydew tastes like is to compare it to a cantaloupe, except honeydew melons can be much sweeter. Additionally, honeydew melons don’t have a musky aftertaste that is so common with cantaloupes.
The texture of a honeydew melon can change, depending on when you use it and how ripe it is.
Ripe Melons: A ripe honeydew has a rough texture on the outside of the skin, but the fruit itself will be much softer and juicer.
Unripe Melons: The outside of an unripe melon tends to be slick and hard to the touch. Additionally, the flesh of an unripe honeydew melon is very hard, unyielding to the touch, and doesn’t have the same appealing aroma.
How Do You Make a Honeydew Taste Better?
While honeydew on its own is delicious, if you aren’t happy with the way that your honeydew tastes, then there are a few things that you can do to improve its flavor.
In the video above you can see how a honeydew smoothie is the perfect way to make you a little cooler during the hot weather and enjoy the amazing flavor of honeydew mixed with pineapple, lemon juice, and honey.
Another way to enjoy the flavor of honeydew, but make sure that you can really enjoy the sweetness of this fruit is to enhance it with various herbs. This video uses cilantro and mint, which are a surprising pairing, but work together really well when paired with fresh honeydew.
What Fruit Goes with Honeydew?
No matter if you are making a fruit salad or whipping up some vegan popsicles, having other fruit with your honeydew can offset the sweetness and flavor. Consider these options for your next meal or dessert:
Can You Freeze Honeydew Melon?
If you find yourself with a surplus of honeydew and don’t want it to go bad then you will want to consider freezing it. This is really easy to do and will result in a sweet frozen treat. Follow these steps:
- Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet
- Cut the honeydew into strips and remove the rind
- Cut the honeydew into smaller chunks
- Place chunks of honeydew on a cookie sheet and freeze for an hour
- Remove honeydew from cookie sheet and store in a plastic airtight container
Allow your honeydew to thaw slightly before eating it, but don’t allow it to defrost completely. Since honeydew is really watery, it can become a little soft when you allow it to defrost.
That’s all there is to know about honeydew melons! Now that you can tell the difference between ripe and unripe melons and have some ideas of what to do with this great fruit, then it’s time to give it a try.
Honeydew melons offer a delicious sweetness to any meal and are the perfect snack or dessert when you want something light that still has a lot of flavor.