Storing Melons

 

How to Store Melons

picture of canteloupe
Cantaloupe (Musk melon)

All melons are susceptible to damage from the cold at temperatures below 50°F (10°C). Store melons in a cool and dry place such as your basement.

Watermelons

Wipe watermelons clean with a damp cloth before storing.

Watermelons are highly sensitive to ethylene, and shouldn’t be stored with high ethylene producers such as apples or cantaloupe.

Watermelons can be stored for 2 to 3 weeks.

Tip:
How do you know when a watermelon is ripe? When the ground spot (the light portion that touches the ground) has turned a creamy yellow colour.

Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons

Like Watermelons, honeydew melons are highly sensitive to ethylene, and shouldn’t be stored with high ethylene producers. Cantaloupes are actually high ethylene producers, so these melons should not be stored together.

Musk melons (cantaloupe) and honeydew melons can be stored for 7 to 10 days.

 

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