There are so many great conversations on the Hotline -- it's hard to choose a favorite. But we'll be doing it, once a week, to spread the wealth of our community's knowledge -- and to keep the conversation going.
Today: Your unripe melon isn't destined for the compost bin after all.
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Melons can be tricky. With no clear external cue for ripeness, it can be hard to tell when you have a perfectly ripe melon. One sign to look for is a large yellowish-brown patch where the melon was resting on the soil (this lets you know it’s been growing for awhile), and cantaloupes give off a strong sweet smell when they’re ripe. But sometimes you still slice into a melon and are met with not-quite-ripe flesh.
This week NLS was stuck with an unripe cantaloupe and turned to the Hotline for help. Here are some of our favorite ideas from the thread so far:
Turning it into a soup -- with mangos, or a white gazpacho with grapes and almonds.