Receiving Information: Ripe honeydew melons may be stored at 45-50 degrees F; 7-10 degrees C. Exposing firm honeydew melons to ethylene gas can help promote softening and color change from green to creamy yellow. Choose honeydew melons that are heavy for their size and well-shaped. Ripe honeydew melons are characterized by a creamy yellow rind, light green, juicy flesh, and a slightly soft blossom end. Honeydews are picked while they are still firm which is characterized by a whiter rind color with slight green tinge and a hard blossom end. (However, all honeydew melons should have a soluble solid content of 10% before they are harvested to ensure good flavor.) Pitted rinds; reddish-tan discoloration of flesh; failure to ripen are indications of chill injury. Decaying; softening of flesh; off flavor may indicate age or product that was held for an extended period of time. These symptoms may not appear until after honeydew is taken out of storage and held at room temperature. Storage/Handling: Temperature/humidity recommendation for short-term storage of 7 days or less: 60-65 degrees F. 85-95% relative humidity.
Honeydew melons are characterized by a large, round shape and smooth, creamy yellow rind. Their flesh is light green, juicy, and sweet. The honeydew is a smooth-skinned variety which changes from pale green to creamy yellow color as it ripens. Honeydews usually weigh between three and seven pounds.