Honeydew melons picked before maturity never reach full flavor. A good melon is symmetrical and the blossom end gives with slight pressure. Avoid rock-hard melons and overripe melons with lumps or soft spots. Perfectly ripe honeydews have an alomst imperceptible wrinkly on the skin's surface that can be felt. Wrap ripe melons in a plastic bag and refrigerate up to 5 days.
Slice honeydew in half. With a spoon, crape out the seeds. Slice halves into 4 or more pieces. With a sharp knife, slice between the whitish-green flesh and the deeper-green rind. Honeydew is excellent plain or with a sprinle of fresh lime juice. Honeydews should not be cooked.