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?

  • Posted by: Sweets
  • July 28, 2013
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Monita
Monita July 28, 2013

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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Maedl
Maedl July 28, 2013

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

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pierino
pierino July 28, 2013

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

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Adianne
Adianne July 28, 2013

Make melon-mango jam. Delicious!

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17years
17years July 31, 2013

Or melon lime and ginger jam...

susan g
susan g July 28, 2013

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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Sweets
Sweets July 29, 2013

These are all great ideas! Thank you!!

Frankie J. Weinberg
Frankie J. Weinberg October 13, 2018

Great idea on the chutney! I came to this thread for answers, and your response got me thinking we could create a Thai spicy salad with it in the way they do with unripe mangoes. It'll be worth a try, at least!

Daria Faulkner
Daria Faulkner July 29, 2013

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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petitbleu
petitbleu July 31, 2013

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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AniQuadros
AniQuadros July 31, 2013

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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paizley
paizley February 19, 2018

Put it in the blender with sweetener, orange juice, lime juice and tequila. You'll still have a melon flavor and this is just way better than a smoothie! ;D

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Nancy
Nancy October 14, 2018

To reinforce other ideas - yes, have done the chutney & grilling, and both work wonderfully.
Grilling fruit also benefits from a sprinkling of many/most savory American rubs, like this one:
Tabletmag.com/recipes-2/136706/all-purpose-texas-bbq-dry-rub
Last, haven't tried it but suspect you could do a melon pickle.

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Billy
Billy October 14, 2018

YouTube has many videos on how to pick ripe mellons. Not always foolproof but better than not knowing. I like the jam idea. Skip the pectin. Great on a toasted bagel
or stirred into some plain yogurt.

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