The honeydew melons are ripe! The honeydew melons are ripe!

The least-loved member of the melon family jumps to the front of the produce aisle during the one or two weeks a year when they actually have flavor.

And this week is that week.

On Friday, I saw honeydew melons for sale at H-E-B for $2.98, but it was the distinct earthy floral smell — not the sale price — that tipped me off to the fact that they were ripe and ready to eat. Sure enough, when I got home and cut it open, it was bursting with the kind of aroma and taste that is hard to imagine when gnawing on one that tastes like a hard chunk of green foam.

Out-of-season honeydew melons are merely filler for fruit salads, but when they are ripe, they might just be my favorite melon. So juicy and fragrant and soft and sweet. I like to eat them at room temperature with just a little dusting of salt, but I’m sure there are some really creative cocktails, granitas and salads out there. Do you have a favorite way to eat a super ripe honeydew?