Cantaloupe is a type of muskmelon of which there are two varieties, that originated in Africa and India. This fruit grows on a vine that runs along the ground and belongs to the same family as other types of melons and squash.
The two varieties of Cantaloupe are European Cantaloupe and North American Cantaloupe. European Cantaloupe has a lightly ribbed, pale green skin while the North American Cantaloupe has a rock-like, reticulated light brown skin.
The flesh is usually orange in color and moderately sweet to taste with a rich aroma. Inside the melon is a hollow cavity containing a web of flat seeds that must be removed prior to eating.
Cantaloupe is low in calories and high in vitamins A and C. This fruit makes for a healthy snack and can be used in salads or made into a refreshing drink.
Round fruit with textured skin. Tan on the exterior and pale orange on the interior.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Consume the fruit within three days after cutting it open to reduce the risk of salmonella and other bacterial infection.