STORING & PREPARING
California Cantaloupe farmers go to great lengths to make sure each cantaloupe they grow is healthy and safe. In addition to science-based food safety practices farmers have conducted research on the best way to store and prepare cantaloupes in the home.
University scientists recommend that melons should be washed under running tap water before cutting. If desired, a scrub brush can be used on the melon rind. Melons, like all fresh produce, must be strictly separated from all potential contact with food items such as raw chicken, meat, seafood and eggs. Food preparers should thoroughly wash their hands, utensils, countertops and cutting boards. Do not store cut cantaloupe at room temperature for any length of time. Sliced melon should be stored in the refrigerator until it is ready to be eaten.