By Marge Perry
Updated July 27, 2012
Credit: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Yes—it is really important to wash melon before you eat it. I know it seems silly since you don’t eat the rind, right? But think about this: As you cut into the melon, your knife drags the bacteria on the surface right into the flesh of the fruit—the part you do eat.

Run melon under cold water and rub smooth-skinned varieties clean with your hand; rough or netted-skin melons, like cantaloupe, should be gently scrubbed with a vegetable brush under the water.

For recipes and tips on melons, see our video, How to Prepare Fresh Melon and our collection of Melon Recipes.