Melon Season in Michigan

Michigan residents eagerly anticipate the arrival of melon season each year. The good news is that you won’t have to wait much longer! The peak season for melons in Michigan typically begins in August  and extends through September. During this time, you can find a wide variety of melons, including watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews, at local farmers’ markets and grocery stores. So, get ready to savor the sweet taste of summer!

How Do Melons Grow?

Melons require specific conditions to thrive. They thrive in warm weather and need plenty of sunlight to grow. The process begins with planting melon seeds in well-drained soil. As the plants grow, they produce large, sprawling vines with lush leaves. Melons start off as small flowers which can develop into fruit. With proper care and attention, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of melons in your home garden.

How Long Do Melons Last?

Melons are best enjoyed when they’re at the peak of freshness. After purchasing or harvesting melons, it’s crucial to store them properly to maximize their shelf life. Whole melons, such as watermelons and cantaloupes, can be stored at room temperature for a few days. Once cut, they should be refrigerated and consumed within a week. Remember, it’s always a good idea to use your senses to determine if a melon is still good to eat—look for signs of spoilage, and if it smells off or has an odd texture, it’s best to discard it.

How Do I Slice Watermelon?

Slicing a watermelon may seem like a daunting task, but with the right technique, it’s a breeze. Here’s a simple step-by-step guide:

  1. Start by cutting off both ends of the watermelon, creating a stable base.
  2. Stand the watermelon upright on one of the cut ends and slice it in half vertically.
  3. Take one of the halves and place it flat-side down on the cutting board.
  4. Cut the watermelon crosswise to your desired thickness. You can create wedges or cube-shaped pieces.
  5. Repeat these steps and you’ll have perfectly sliced watermelon ready to share with friends and family at picnics and gatherings.

Watermelon Rind Recipes

Looking for a unique and tasty way to use watermelon rinds? Try these tangy and sweet Watermelon Rind Pickles. This recipe is perfect as a condiment, snack, or accompaniment to your favorite summer dishes. Alternatively, turn watermelon rinds into a delightful and unexpected dessert with this easy candied watermelon rind recipe. Instead of discarding the rinds, use them to create a sweet and chewy delicacy that’s perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth. Waste not, want not!

Watermelon is a beloved fruit that brings joy during its peak season. Whether you’re in Michigan or elsewhere, watermelon’s arrival signifies the sweetness of summer. Find melons locally using our Find Food and Farms database!

Zach Napora is the 2023 Marketing Services Intern for Taste the Local Difference.

Sources: Watermelon Information Sheet, USDA

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