Honeydew, casaba and Cavaillon melons are classed as winter melons because they ripen more slowly than other melons and are usually not ready until late fall. After harvest, they even continue to ripen in storage.
Choose. Honeydews should have a smooth, evenly yellow rind that is slightly green at the stem end. Look for honeydews that are oval or elongated. Casabas have a rough green or green and yellow skin. Cavaillons are slightly elongated with a finely ribbed rind. Some believe they are the tastiest of this group.
Serve. Season winter melon slices with salt and freshly ground pepper.