Melons, irrespective of their variety, have always been a good source of essential nutrients and vitamins. Cantaloupes are a variety of muskmelon that looks somewhat oblong and has an approximate length of 15 to 25 centimeters. Refreshing flavor, distinct aroma and low calorie content has made Cantaloupes the preferred variety of watermelon in the United States.
History of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe derives its name from the commune Cantaloupe in Sabina, in the Sabine Hills near Tivoli, Italy. It is believed to be first cultivated sometime in the year 1700. The popular varieties of Cantaloupe are the European cantaloupe and the North American cantaloupe. Both the varieties look different. The North American cantaloupe has a reticulated skin covering and can also be found with a rock-like appearance in some parts of Australia and New Zealand.
Due to such an appearance, a North American cantaloupe is also called as rock melon in those parts. Other varieties of the North American cantaloupe include spanspek in South Africa, which has a thin reticulated light brown rind. The uncommon varieties have a redder and yellowier flesh. The European cantaloupes are lightly ribbed and look pale green in color. Among the different varieties of European cantaloupe, the charentais is the widely enjoyed one.