Your personal shoppers, leaving home not required. Shop gift guides »
🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Uses for unripe cantaloupe

I cut open a cantaloupe that I thought was ripe but it wasn't. It doesn't taste horrible but it's not sweet. What can I do with it? My initial plan was to use it in an arugula salad (with prosciutto) but its not sweet enough. Any recipe ideas? Or should I just compost it?

asked by Sweets over 3 years ago
10 answers 12432 views
8425a5f0 773c 4ccd b24e 9e75b44477a8  monita photo
Monita

Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 3 years ago

You could make a mango-melon soup. In a blender, puree the cantaloupe with 2 ripe mangoes; 1/2 cup-1 cup orange juice; 1/2 cup mint leaves and 2-3 tablespoons honey. Add more, juice and/or honey to get to the sweetness you desire. Chill before serving

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added over 3 years ago

You could do practically the same recipe above without the mangos. Add some plain yogurt. Maybe some peaches too.

401c5804 f611 451f a157 c693981d8eef  mad cow deux
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 3 years ago

Similar to Monita; suggestion you could turn it into a "white" gazpacho with grapes and almonds.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

Make melon-mango jam. Delicious!

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

Or melon lime and ginger jam...

C0d1f1de 4134 43ba 9510 1d7a8caa31f3  scan0004
added over 3 years ago

There are chutneys made with green (unripe) mango. Try the cantaloupe in place of the mango (or in combination) in such a recipe.

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 3 years ago

These are all great ideas! Thank you!!

7e0b313d 12d6 4069 b603 221b729e5e7a  dsc 0034
added over 3 years ago

I would blend it in smoothie as a thick base, also juicing it and freezing in. the ice cubes block for the future use might be good

120fa86a 7a24 4cc0 8ee1 a8d1ab14c725  me in munich with fish
added over 3 years ago

Try a cantaloupe agua fresca--blend the cantaloupe with lime juice and honey or agave for sweetness. You could probably even use a mild-flavored fruit juice to sweeten it. That's too bad about the cantaloupe, though! I hate it when they have no flavor!

Cf6d8214 ab64 4b75 a504 57fd4489cc30  014
added over 3 years ago

I would grill it. Yes , when I grill pineapples, melons, avocados or any type of fruit that can be grilled sometimes they are unripe somehow it gets sweeter and wow it is good! Just sprinkle a little bit of salt and the sweetness will show up like magic. I love grilled fruits.