How to Cut Fruit With Rinds

Fruits such as honeydew, cantaloupe, and pineapple are delicious. However, if you don't know the proper way to cut them, time will stand in the way of enjoying your fresh fruit. Follow this guide to ensure great tasting melons every time.


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    Wash your fruit. There are two ways to do this:
    • Make sure you have a sanitary sink and set your fruit inside.
    • The first method is to wet your fruit with some water and then use a spray vegetable/fruit wash.
    • Another way is to mix equal parts cold water and vinegar and let your fruit set in for a minute or so.
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    Cut off both ends of the fruit using a sharp chef's knife and set it upright on the cutting board.
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    Use the knife to cut off the rinds by starting from the top of the fruit and working towards the bottom. Take care to cut off more rinds and not the actual fruit itself.
    • For cantaloupe and honeydew: cut the fruit in half to expose the inner parts including the white and the seeds. Using an ice cream scoop take out as much as if not all of the seeds and white parts, again using care to not cut away too much of the fruit.
    • If you are cutting pineapple: cut away the fruit as normal. You will notice a white area in the middle of the pineapple. This is the pit. Cut around all areas until you have the last strip which is the pit and can be thrown away.
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    Lay the fruit down and cut it in half crosswise. Cut it in half either into circles or strips. After you have done this you have uniform fruit pieces that can now be cut into bite size pieces.
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    Your fruit can be enjoyed immediately or stored in the fridge for up to five days.


  • Place a dishcloth under your cutting board when you are cutting the fruit to help lower the chance of slips with the knife and personal injury.
  • An easy way to sanitize a dirty sink is to buy a direct foam dish sprayer. Spray 2 or 3 squirts into the sink and use a scrubber pad or sponge to quickly clean all areas of the sink. Rinse with very hot water.


  • Never use a knife or a cutting board near an edge of a sink, counter, or any other surface for that matter. If you have an accident with the knife you could have a deadly cut if you accidentally cut the wrist. This is where your cephalic veins are located.
  • Always store your fruit if you will not be enjoying it right away. This is another safe practice to minimize food borne illness.
  • Never place any food item on an unsanitary surface. You risk the chance of bacteria getting into your food and possibly getting sick for the next few days.

Things You'll Need

  • cutting board
  • fruit with a rind
  • clean sink
  • sharp chef knife
  • dish towel
  • ice cream scoop
  • Optional:
    • dish soap
    • spray fruit/veggie wash
    • distilled white vinegar

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Categories: Food Cutting Techniques