Cantaloupe

Seasonality:

  • Cantaloupes are in peak season April through December.

Health Benefits of Cantaloupe:

  • Cantaloupes are an excellent source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
  • Also high in fiber and folacin, a nutrient needed for growth and the development of hemoglobin.

How to Select Cantaloupe:

  • Look for cantaloupes with prominent creamed-colored ridges on the skin with a sweet, musky aroma.
  • The stem end should be smooth with no remnant of a stem attached.

How to Store Cantaloupe:

  • Store cantaloupes in the refrigerator and wait to cut until ready to eat.                       
  • Avoid leaving cut cantaloupe at room temperature for an extended length of time.

How to Prepare Cantaloupe:

  • Be sure to wash your melon thoroughly before cutting, so you don't carry any surface bacteria into the edible melon flesh.
  • Using a large, sharp knife, cut your cantaloupe in half, making sure to cut through the stem area. Remove the seeds and cut into wedges or slices.

Fun Facts About Cantaloupe:

  • The melon that’s most widely recognized as cantaloupe in the US is actually a reticulated muskmelon. The muskmelon is distinguished by its netted skin and strong scent. Its European counterpart – the true cantaloupe – has ribbed pale green skin and looks very different from our cantaloupe.
  • Cantaloupe are the most popular melon in the United States!

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