Just harvested my first cantalope. Cant recall the variety, hearts-of-gold I think. I reduced the water to it as it got close to ripe, It was at full slip. Just pushed the stem off. It smelled amazing. I took it inside and let it rest a day in a cool place, then cut it open. It looked pretty good, not the darkest flesh Ive seen, but a nice orange, juicy as all-get-out. But when I tasted it, I was wholey underwhelmed. Pretty much no flavor. Ive gotten much better melons at the supermarket. Any ideas on why?
an old fashioned way to check melons was to use an apple corer to take out a plug and taste it..if it isn't ready put the plug back in..you might get a bad spot there, but better than getting a bad entire melon
Bloom where you are planted.
I had the same experience this year. Then someone told me that you don't want to pick melons right after a rain or something like that. I'll have to ask her again because I picked another melon off the same plant when she told me to and it was sweet.