Honeydew melons are large melons with firm, green flesh. Tasting that first bite of a ripe honeydew melon can make the efforts to find the perfect melon worthwhile. Whether you grow your own honeydew melons in a home garden or you choose the best ones you can find from the produce section, picking a ripe honeydew melon need not confound you.
Examine the color of the honeydew melon rind. Choose a honeydew melon with a light yellow rind. Honeydew melons with white or greenish-white colored rinds are overripe.
Use the tips of your fingers to press gently on the sides of the honeydew melon. A honeydew melon that gives to the gentle pressure of your fingers is ripe.
Smell the rind of the honeydew melon. Ripe honeydew melons give off a discernible sweet scent when you smell them. If you do not smell anything, the honeydew melon is likely not ripe.
Choose honeydew melons that are evenly round in shape. Any yellow spots or small bumps are acceptable; these imperfections do not reduce the quality of the melon. Avoid melons with obvious bruising and cuts to the outer rinds.