How to Dehydrate Melons
Enjoy Honeydew and Watermelon
All Year Long!

How to Dehydrate Melons
Enjoy Honeydew and Watermelon
All Year Long!

female holding a huge slice of watermelon

I want to show you how to dehydrate melons ~ namely the honeydew and the watermelon. The dehydrating "rules" apply to all melons!

I mean, who can resist an enormous slice of chilled watermelon, while sitting by the pool with your feet dangling in the water? But watch out for those sticky drips down your chin!

Have you tried dehydrating melons?


Well, here you'll see I have chosen two different melons to show you: the honeydew and the good old drool-down-your-chin watermelon!

Watermelon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and kiwi in clear glasses

TOP Frequently Asked Questions:

Top question: How do you dehydrate watermelon?

Scroll down the page to learn how to do just that!

Next: How do you dehydrate cantaloupe?

This question is also covered further down this page.

Can you dehydrate watermelon in air fryer?

Yes, you can dehydrate watermelon in an air fryer! Here are some tips for doing so successfully:

Cut watermelon into 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices or small cubes. Remove any seeds. Blot with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Arrange watermelon in a single layer in the air fryer basket without overcrowding. You may need to work in batches. And it's for that reason alone that I prefer using a dehydrator. Why? Because you can dry melon on trays, and Nesco dehydrators allowing for the stacking of multiple trays. With an air fryer, you're kinda stuck drying the melon in one, or two, layers max.

Set the air fryer to the lowest temperature, around 90°F to 110°F if there is a dehydrate or warm setting. If not, set it as low as possible.

Dehydrate the watermelon, checking every 30-60 minutes and stirring gently or flipping pieces. Total time will be 6-10 hours.

Watermelon is fully dehydrated when pieces are shrunken down significantly and have a Styrofoam-like texture and no moisture pockets. They should not be sticky.

Store dried watermelon in an airtight container for 2-3 weeks refrigerated or up to 6 months frozen. Enjoy as a sweet, healthy snack!

Be very careful not to over-dry or burn the watermelon due to inconsistent heating. Adjust time and temp as needed based on your particular air fryer model.

Honeydew and Watermelon Nutrition Info.


VITAMINS: Honeydew melon is rich in Vitamin A and Folate, followed by Vitamin C, and Vitamin K.

MINERALS: Honeydews are loaded with Potassium, followed by Phosphorous and Magnesium.

Honeydew melon is a good source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.


VITAMINS: Watermelons also have a great Vitamin A level, followed by Vitamin C, Folate, and Choline. 

MINERALS: Phosphorous, Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium, and Fluoride!

Watermelon is a good source of carbohydrates too, and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Watermelons in a pile

Do a Watermelon  Ripeness Test First

There are a few ways to tell if your watermelon is ripe and ready to eat.

First, you'll want to make sure the fruit is firm to the touch.

Also, take a sniff near the stem end of the watermelon - it should smell sweet and fragrant.

Lastly, give the melon a gentle thump - if it sounds hollow, it's ready to eat!

Look for a White Patch...

Also: Check if your watermelon is ripe, look for a white patch on it.

The white patch means it's been sitting in the field long enough to have created that patch where the sun didn't get to. Therefore, it wasn't plucked too soon.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to
learn what to do with your melon seeds...
don't toss 'em, roast 'em!

honeydew melon, sliced

Dehydrating Honeydew  Melons: Ripeness Test

For honeydew ripeness testing, clean the oil off your thumb and rub it across the honeydew's surface and when it squeaks, you're good!

Also, if the skin is a little pale white, the melon probably would be better if it was a little more on the yellow side before eating.

Honeydew and watermelons are very easy to dehydrate—see the instructions below—and don't forget to roast the seeds (instructions on how to roast melon seeds are coming up!)

How to Dehydrate Melons

Are you ready to get started dehydrating melons? Here's how to do it:

  1. Remove the skin and seeds from your honeydew or watermelon
  2. Slice the fruit into 1/2" thick slices and arrange on your food dehydrator trays
  3. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
  • Drying time: between 8-20 hours. They can either be pliable, or crisp to your liking, but for long-term storage, the dryer the better!
  • Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays for even drying.

Best Areas for Growing Melons

watermelon growing in a field

Melons are a versatile fruit that can be used in sweet and savory dishes alike. If you're looking to add this tasty fruit to your garden, you'll want to make sure you have the right conditions for growing melons.

According to The Old Farmer's Almanac, melons need full sun and well-drained, fertile soil with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

When it comes to planting, you'll want to start your melon seeds indoors about three weeks before the last spring frost.

Once it's time to transplant the seedlings outdoors, make sure to space them 48 inches apart in rows that are 8 feet apart.

Different Types of Melons

There are many different types of melons, including watermelons, cantaloupes, and honeydews. Each type has its own distinct flavor and texture, so you'll want to choose the right one for your taste.

I hope you learned a lot today about how to dehydrate melons and how to grow them!

Roast The Seeds! They're Delicious...

NOTE: Don't toss the seeds. If you are so inclined, you can roast the seeds.

Let them dry thoroughly after giving them a good cleaning/rinse in your sieve under the kitchen faucet.

Spray the seeds first with plain cooking spray and a dash of salt.

Toss them on a cookie sheet for 15 to 20 minutes at 325°F.

Best eaten when fully cooled.

We hope you had fun learning how to dehydrate melons and roasting their seeds!