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Think Again Before You Remove Your Melons’ Seeds

A cantaloupe is chopped into large slices and placed on a cutting board.
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Whether it’s watermelon or cantaloupe, most people remove seeds or purchase seedless options. After all, no one wants to bite into one while trying to enjoy summer produce. You might want to hold off on the deseeding, though.

Keeping the seeds in your melon could keep it fresher longer, but you’ll still want to ensure it’s stored properly.

When it comes to melon storage, whole, uncut melons can be left out at room temperature, but once cut, you’ll need to move things to the fridge. Once your melon is cut, you should wrap it in plastic wrap or place it in an airtight container.

Exposing the melon to air will make it dry out and go bad faster, so the seal is the most important aspect of storage. The seeds also matter.

While you might be tempted to get rid of seeds while you chop, they actually help keep the flesh moist in storage. When you’re ready to eat the slices, take them out of storage, then remove the seeds of only the pieces you plan to eat.

While there are no studies proving that melon seeds help preserve shelf life, it’s an easy tip to implement and test yourself. Because hey, everyone wants their produce to stretch, so why not give it a shot?

If you’re planning to try some delicious melon-based recipes this summer and have leftovers, remember to keep those seeds.

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Shea Simmons is an Atlanta-based writer who has written about everything from whether Crisco is a good moisturizer to how to KonMari your space. Her work has appeared in Bustle, My First Apartment, and Make It Grateful. Read Full Bio »
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