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Tasteless honeydew

I have a big honeydew melon with very little flavor. Any bright ideas for what I can do with it to improve the flavor or cook it somehow? Otherwise I have to try to feed it to the baby, or throw it in the trash!

asked by tellmeaboutfood over 2 years ago
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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added over 2 years ago

I would try the Genius Roasted Cantaloupe Recipe (https://food52.com/recipes...) with your honeydew! That might help bring out the flavor.

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added over 2 years ago

Thanks! I did. I turned out so-so. But thanks for the inspiration anyway.

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Monita

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added over 2 years ago

Puree into a soup; add lime juice, mint and honey for flavor

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

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added over 2 years ago

Some of the ideas in this post (and the comments) might help: https://food52.com/blog...

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ChefJune

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added over 2 years ago

I would add lime juice, mint and sugar and turn it into a sorbet. Also a pinch of black pepper. I find honeydews are often flavorless. That's why I generally opt for another variety of melon.

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added over 2 years ago

Try a tiny sprinkle of kosher/sea salt. Sometimes fruit needs seasoning, too, just to bring that inner sweetness right over the edge. Otherwise, I like the idea of roasting/baking it with a little sugar or honey. Maybe even a little hit of balsamic or something. Acid works like salt to bring out hidden flavors.

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added over 2 years ago

Another idea, try pairing it with another sweeter fruit (bananas, pineapple, etc.). If you eat them together, alternating bites, it sort of helps wake up your palate a little.

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HalfPint

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added over 2 years ago

Pickle it, http://goodbadgirlpreserves...

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added over 2 years ago

I grill cantaloupe frequently, which really brings out the natural sugars and flavors. Also, I agree w the salt or try a little sugar on top. Or add it to a nice fruit salad, it adds a little crunch (think water chestnuts) and will soak up the other juices.

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Adults ... Inject Vodka
Kids ... Go with the lime
Friends ... Both Vodka and Lime

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added over 2 years ago

I would put it in a food processor and make soup. Possibly adding honey and your favorite citrus (maybe use ginger, cinnamon and cream or mint). You could also use it for a mixer for a cucumber melon spritzer
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amysarah

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added over 2 years ago

Under ripe/tasteless honeydew always reminds me of watermelon rind - so if it's not too mushy, maybe you could do an old fashioned watermelon pickle (which is made with the white rind,) using honeydew instead? Here's one recipe: http://www.epicurious.com...

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added over 2 years ago

What is the point of putting time and effort into produce that is inferior? Turn it into compost; feed the chickens; return it to the store and complain.

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added over 2 years ago

Just feed it to the baby