Honeydew is a variety of muskmelon with a pale yellow waxy skin and crisp light green flesh. The thick, juicy flesh is eaten raw on its own or mixed with other fruit in salads. It can also be used to make drink.
Round or slightly oval in shape, honeydew is a medium-sized melon, typically about 15-22 cm (5.9–8.7 in) long. Depending on its maturity, the smooth skin of a honeydew melon ranges from pale green to yellow. Its flesh is pale green, firm and juicy. At its center is a cluster of inedible seeds.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Split honeydew in half with a sturdy knife to reach and scoop out the seeds nestled in the center of the fruit. Then the honeydew may be sliced, cubed, or scooped out with a melon-baller, depending on preference. Its waxy skin is inedible and should be discarded. Honeydew is usually prepared as a dessert and served fresh. While delicious alone, it is excellent tossed into a fruit salad, added to fruit kabobs, or used as a garnish to beverages.
Conserving and Storing
Honeydew can be stored in a variety of ways, depending on its intended date of consumption. Left at room temperature, honeydew is generally best kept whole and prepared within two to four days, depending on its ripeness. Refrigerated, a whole honeydew may keep for five to seven days, whereas prepared honeydew should be eaten from one to three days. To freeze honeydew, the melon should be washed, seeded, peeled, and chopped to its desired size before sealing it in an airtight container. It will be at its best for ten to twelve months, but will keep indefinitely.