CANTALOUPE, when to pick - Knowledgebase Question

chicago, Il
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Question by larrykoshio
August 20, 2010
I ONLY HAVE A FEW RIGHT NOW, BUT ONE IS ABSOLUTELY HUGE. i'm scared to pick too early OR late. variety is ambrosia, and has netting all over but isnt all tan like i buy in store. thanx larry k.

Answer from NGA
August 20, 2010
I'd rather pick it too early than too late. Cantaloupes do ripen after they've been picked. In general, Cantaloupes are ready to harvest when the stem slips easily from the fruit with slight pressure. So try picking up the fruit and tugging slightly. If it easily detaches, it's ripe. If there's still some resistance and the stem won't slip from the fruit, it's not quite ripe. Hope this information is clear enough and you have a great harvest!

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