|Ripe melons show few external changes, but here are a few guidelines: |
- The part of the melon that touches the ground will turn light straw or yellow in color.
- The surface of the melon begins to feel rough.
- The little piece of stem that attaches to the vine turns brown and dries up. In some varieties this change occurs about a week before the melon is ripe.
- According to Mark Twain, a green melon says pink when thumped, while a ripe one says punk.