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What's the best way to choose a melon? 

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

With your nose! Most melons are fragrant when ripe- so put your nose right up to the stem end. (But bear in mind that a cold melon will not be fragrant). If you push the blossom end it should yield slightly.

If you buy a melon that is under ripe, don't cut into it. Let it sit at room temperature for 3-4 days and it will become softer and sweeter.

Recipe: Prosciutto and Melon Salad with Cantaloupe Vinaigrette