Why Smelling a Melon’s Stem Isn’t an Indication of Ripeness

HM.CLAUSE Melon Variety Fiji

In search of a better product, the new melon varieties don’t smell like they used to. Melons have been developed to maximize harvest, flavor, disease resistance, and sugar content. The result? Less smell, and for those who are used to picking their melons by smell, this changes the game.

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