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Cantaloupe Melons

Cantaloupe Melons

Fresh in fruit salads or in fruit platters. If you want to try something different, wrap cantaloupe in thinly sliced prosciutto.

Selection & Storage
Good-quality Cantaloupe will have large webbing or netting on the skin, will have yellow/orange coloring and be slightly soft on the stem end (firm elsewhere). They will also have a good cantaloupe smell on the stem end (if it is not too cold), and the scar at the stem end should be a smooth and well-rounded cavity. Finally, you can hear the seeds rattle inside a juicy melon when shaken. Often, melons will have a decidedly bleached side that rested on the soil – this does not affect the quality of the melon.

Avoid product with a rough stem end with portions of the stem remaining – this means the melon was harvested too early. Product with green coloring, soft or sunken spots or dark and dirty spots that look moldy are all signs of poor quality.

Seasonal Information

  • Available from California, Texas and Arizona from May until October, with the peak in July.
  • Product from South America means cantaloupe is now available year-round. The flavor can be good, but they won’t be as sweet as those available in the summer months.
  • Some cantaloupe are grown in Eastern Washington and Hermiston Oregon. (Available in late August)

Cantaloupe Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 177g

Amount Per Serving:

Calories 60 Calories from Fat 3

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 28mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 120%
Vitamin C 108%
Calcium 2%
Iron 2%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

PMA’s Labeling Facts
Cantaloupes are low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol. They are also a good source of Dietary Fiber, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Potassium.

Juicing Information

  • Cantaloupe is great for juicing.

Organic Information

  • Cantaloupe is available organically most times of the year, but can be expensive ? especially in winter.

Cantaloupe Tips & Trivia

  1. For perfect flavor, let your cantaloupe sit at room temperature (not in the window) until you can tell it is ripe according to the tips listed on the previous screen.
  2. If you like your cantaloupe cold, put it into the refrigerator after it has ripened.
  3. What Americans call cantaloupes are actually muskmelons. True cantaloupes are not netted, have smooth to rough skin and are not commercially grown in the United States. Europeans recognize a clear distinction between cantaloupes and muskmelons.
  4. Melons came originally from the Orient, via Armenia, to Europe and then to America.

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