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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 12959 views
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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

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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.

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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.

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added over 3 years ago

Make melon-mango jam. Delicious!

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added over 3 years ago

Or melon lime and ginger jam...

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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.

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added over 3 years ago

These are all great ideas! Thank you!!

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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

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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!

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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.

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