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I'm frequently finding myself in situations where I am barely hungry with 9\10 Drumsticks filled, but also with low health. I don't want to waste cooked meat on filling that last Drumstick to start my health regen. Melon slices, which fill 1 slot of the hunger bar (or one Drumstick), would be perfect for keeping me full.

What's the fastest way to find melons?

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Hunger has carry over saturation. The extra nourishment of eating a big item is not wasted and helps to keep you "full" longer. minecraftwiki.net/wiki/… –  Chris Nava Nov 4 '12 at 1:07
    
Re-edited. This should make the entire thing impossible to misunderstand, what do you think? –  Ender Nov 5 '12 at 10:47
    
@Ender I approve. Thanks. –  John the Green Nov 5 '12 at 20:31

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There are two ways to obtain Melon Slice:

  1. Grow and Harvest Melon Block.

    • Locate an Abandoned Mine Shaft, they commonly intersect with a ravine, so ravine is good place to look for them.

    • Look for chest within the Abandoned Mine Shaft. According to wiki, 13% chance to found 2-4 Melon Seeds in the chest.

    • Grow Melon on Farmland using Melon Seeds.

    • Harvest the fully grown Melon Block yields 3-7 Melon Slice.

  2. Trade with Farmer Villager.

    • Find a NPC Village. They can only be found in Desert or Plains Biome.

    • Obtain Emerald by trading with Villagers or from Mining (Emerald Ore is very very rare).

    • Look for the 1 Emerald for 5-8 Melon Slice deals offered by Farmer Villagers. They are dressed in Brown Robe.

    • If no Villagers offer that deal, you can grow more Villagers by building more houses (Doors). Alternatively you can kill Villagers to make room for new Villagers to spawn.

It depends on your situation to determine which way is faster. Finding and exploring Abandoned Mine Shaft will be more fun but does not guarantee you will find Melon Seeds. Discovering a NPC Village is a guarantee way that you will eventually have a Villager that trade Melon Slices. As a surplus, some Villager might have some really nice trades, but it gets really really annoying when you have a lot of Villagers.

Either way, to sustain a constant supply of Melon Slice, the best way is to have a Melon Farm. As mentioned above, Melon Seeds can be found in Abandoned Mine Shaft chest. They can also be crafted, 1 Melon Seeds from 1 Melon Slice.

Additional Note: 13% chance to found 2-4 Melon Seeds an Abandoned Mine Shaft Chest sounds very slim, but are high chance there will be more than 1 chest in Abandoned Mine Shaft. It is a big place after all.

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Well, the only way to find Melons would be to stumble upon an Abandoned Mineshaft, and hope some of the chests have Melon Seeds. From there, Melons are extremely easy to farm: like Pumpkins, when you plant the seeds, the stalks that grow will not disappear after harvesting the melon they grow, so assuming you make a large enough farm, you will have a fairly constant supply of melons.

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You emphasized "find". Is there another way to obtain an initial source of melons? –  John the Green Dec 17 '11 at 6:07
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Sadly, no. Unlike Pumpkins, Melons don't spawn around the world, so you have to find seeds to start farming them. –  Kevin Y Dec 17 '11 at 6:08
    
I was expecting this answer, so you may be interested in my prepared follow up question. :D –  John the Green Dec 17 '11 at 6:14
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@Kevin Y - This answer could maybe do with an update, it is also possible to buy melon slices from villagers and aquire seeds that way. –  Kurley Nov 3 '12 at 11:03

You can only find melon seeds in abandoned mine shaft chests and dungeon chests.

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you cannot find melon seeds in dungeon chests. –  Ender Nov 4 '12 at 14:58
    
You used to be able to, though. –  Timtech Jul 27 '13 at 21:35

Melons are always on top of hills. When I look for melons, they are always on top of the first hill I find.

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Hi Lovechick, and welcome to Arqade! I think your answer is wrong though, as melons don't spawn naturally in minecraft. Are you sure you aren't thinking of pumpkins instead? –  MBraedley Nov 3 '12 at 13:24

As of version 1.4.2, there are quite a few ways to acquire melon seeds. As listed by the Minecraft Wiki, you can find Mellon seeds by either finding one in an abandoned mineshaft chest, trading with a villager, or 'crafting' a melon slice you already have.

Note that the Minecraft Wiki is outdated most of the time, but from my experiences, these are currently the only way to acquire melon seeds as of version 1.4.2.

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Not entirely illogical - getting seeds from melon slices can help grow a melon farm from a few stalks to inventory filling in short order. (Plus that's where the seeds tend to actually be :P) –  Trent Hawkins Nov 3 '12 at 13:12
    
I agree, but still: if you have no melons, and you are searching for some, you will not find any melon slices to get the melon seeds from if you are on a regular singleplayer world. –  Jeffrey Lin Nov 3 '12 at 18:33
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Villagers only trade Melon Slices, not Seeds. –  w1nger1 Nov 5 '12 at 3:35
    
A melon slice placed in a crafting table/grid will produce a melon seed. –  Timtech Jul 27 '13 at 21:35

Melons could be challenging to find, depending on your world's seed and your luck. If you do find one, you can start a melon farm by planting seeds and harvest your own melon.

Usually, people use melon mainly for brewing purposes. It is rarely that a player would eat a melon slice to fill its hunger. This is because the hunger bar has another "hidden" bar, so even if you are only "slightly hungry" and eat a big steak, the steak will not go waste. Here's why:

There are four fields in level.dat which are related to hunger:

foodLevel ranges from 0 to 20 and is represented by the player's Food Bar.

foodSaturationLevel is an invisible additional hunger variable that is depleted before main foodLevel value. Eating any food will also add some to this variable. Note that this cannot exceed foodLevel. The Food Bar jitters when this equals 0.

foodTickTimer increases with every tick when foodLevel is either greater than 17 or equals zero. When foodTickTimer reaches 80, it resets to zero and then heals or deals one point of damage to the Health Bar, respectively.

foodExhaustionLevel ranges from 0.0 to 4.0 and increases with every action the player takes. When the exhaustion level reaches above 4.0, it will be subtracted by 4.0 and subtracts 1 point either from foodSaturationLevel or, if foodSaturationLevel equals zero, from foodLevel.

As you can see, if your foodLevel just went down from full (20) to "slightly hungry (19)", it implies that your foodSaturationLevel has went down to 0. Now suppose you eat a slice of melon, you'll restore food points plus a mere 1.2 foodSaturationLevel. When you eat a steak, however, you'll restore 12.8 foodSaturationLevel, which means you will get hungry again much later.

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I think you can find melons in jungles and of course mine shafts

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To clarify, Melons are newly part of terrain generation in jungles in 1.7, or the 13w36a snapshot. If you have an existing world, you will need to explore new terrain to find them in jungles. –  TokenMacGuy Nov 4 '13 at 18:44

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