Can you tell a good melon by thumping? In a nutshell, not really and definitely not by itself. Studies have shown that ripe and overripe melons will produce the same sound (yep, they actually have studied melon acoustics), so you need to also give it a squeeze from end to end. Overripe melons will be spongier while a good melon should have a little give.

One thing we know for sure is that tapping can affect the quality of the melon. So if you reall need to tap (we get it, it's fun), don't slap or thump the poor guy, a one finger tap is plenty.


Look for a dull, dark rind and any obvious defects, such as deep holes or soft spots. Tiny black or brown spots are probably bee stings, so don't pass on these guys! If bees know anything, it's how to find sugar!

On the bottom of the melon you should be able to find the resting spot which will go from pale, creamy white to yellow when it is ready.

Look at where the stem was and check that it's all dried out and brittle. Any green tendrils or a green stem may indicate a melon that was picked too early.

Finally, Mother Nature can be fickle, so sometimes you will still end up with a not so fantastic melon. If this happens, you can trade it back to us OR blend and strain for amazing melon juice! If you have a juicer (or a really good blender), try including some of the rind for an extra kick of nutrients.