Removing the Rind

A quick trick to peeling melons

By Jennifer Kushnier, Rodale Test Kitchen


Peeling melons (and citrus fruits) is simple with a tiny trick: Turn the round surface into a flat one. Thoroughly wash melons before cutting.


1. Hold a melon steady on its side and slice off one end. Repeat on the other end.

slice off ends

2. Stand melon on a flat end. Run the knife down the side, on the inside of the rind, following the curve.

remove sides

3. Once the rind is removed, slice the melon vertically and scoop out the seeds.

scoop out seeds

4. Slice your melon so it fits into a juicer, or dice it up for some tasty fruit salad.

slice into pieces

Photography by Mitch Mandel