WHAT IS A CANTALOUPE?
This superfood is in the same family as cucumbers, pumpkins and squash. While the cantaloupe is technically a vegetable, it’s eaten as a fruit for all intents and purposes. Famous for its’ sweet and juicy flavor, like most “fruits” once you pluck it off the vine they stop ripening.
WHY ARE CANTALOUPES GOOD FOR YOU?
This source of vitamin A (cartenoids), and beta carotene. Rich in anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory vitamins, cantaloupes are considered a superfood (nutritionally dense and good for you)!
WHEN ARE CANTALOUPES IN SEASON?
In the northern hemisphere this is a summer fruit that is harvested between June and August. South American cantaloupes are a January through March harvest.
HOW SHOULD CANTALOUPES BE STORED?
In a closed paper bag they’ll need about 2 days to ripen. A ripe melon can be refrigerated for about 5 days, non-ripe for 1 to 2 weeks.
WHAT IS THE PROPER WAY TO CUT A CANTALOUPE?
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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A MUSKMELON AND A CANTALOUPE?
While they are often mistaken for each other, there is a simple reason for this. Muskmelons are the generic name for this member of the gourd family, while cantaloupes are one of several specific breeds of muskmelon. But much like the square and the parallel-o-gram, all cantaloupes are muskmelons but the reverse isn’t always true.