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; these melons are characterized by a whiter rind color with slight green tinge and a hard blossom end.
All honeydew melons should have a soluble solids content of 10% before they are harvested to ensure good flavor.
Firm melons may be softened by holding at room temperature.