It's cantaloupe season - YEAH!
Do you know how to safely prepare cantaloupe for eating?
Cantaloupes grow on vines along the ground. The irregular outer surface of the cantaloupe can trap contaminants from the soil. When you cut through the cantaloupe with a knife, you drag those contaminants into the edible flesh of the fruit.
Here are a few rules for preparing cantaloupes:
- Do not purchase cantaloupes with bruises or visible cuts.
- Do not cross contaminate your countertops. When you bring a cantaloupe into the kitchen place it into your sink to wash.
- Wash the exterior of the cantaloupe with running water. Some resources suggest scrubbing with a brush as well.
- Place the cantaloupe onto a clean cutting board and cut in half. Remember, the fewer cuts you make through the outer shell, the less the risk of contamination.
- Remove the seeds with a spoon.
- Remove the edible flesh from the outer shell to store in the fridge in a sealed container.
All fruits and veggies must be washed thoroughly before consuming, organic or conventional. This goes for bagged greens as well.