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!

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Sarah Jampel
Sarah Jampel June 20, 2014

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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tellmeaboutfood
tellmeaboutfood June 28, 2014

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

Monita
Monita June 20, 2014

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

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Lindsay-Jean Hard
Lindsay-Jean Hard June 20, 2014

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

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ChefJune
ChefJune June 20, 2014

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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PazzoNico
PazzoNico June 20, 2014

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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PazzoNico
PazzoNico June 20, 2014

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
HalfPint June 20, 2014

Pickle it, http://goodbadgirlpreserves.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/807/

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Dave on the grill
Dave on the grill June 20, 2014

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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Declan
Declan June 20, 2014

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

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Claire Vert
Claire Vert June 20, 2014

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
amysarah June 21, 2014

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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mainecook61
mainecook61 June 27, 2014

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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csemsack
csemsack June 27, 2014

Just feed it to the baby

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