What to Look For

Choose cantaloupes that are firm and free of physical damage. They should be spherical and as uniform in shape as possible. Avoid the presence of a stem or peduncle, as this is a sign of premature harvest.

To check for ripeness, look for the stem end to be hollowed inward or concave. The area should give slightly to hand pressure and have a sweet, musky aroma.

Avoid using melons that have visible signs of decay or damaged rinds due to an increased risk of harmful bacteria and contamination. 

Ideal Storage

  • 2.2°C - 5°C
  • 90 - 95% Relative Humidity

At 2.2°C cantaloupes have a storage life of up to 21 days.

Chilling injury can occur after several days of storage under 2°C. Symptoms include pitting, sunken areas, failure to ripen, distorted flavour, and decay.

Do not store cut melons at room temperature.

Avoid storing cantaloupe with leafy green vegetables. Cantaloupes produce ethylene and can cause damage and reduce shelf life.

Response to Ethylene

Cantaloupes are moderately sensitive to ethylene. Over-ripening is a common problem faced during storage and distribution.