The common cantaloupe differs from the common melon in form and colour. Its spherical shape and greenish yellow skin are the most prominent characteristics of this fruit. The size is smaller than the usual melon, and weighs between 700 and 1500 grams. The skin is also thinner, and has longitudinal stripes or streaks ranging from the base of the fruit to the stem. The pulp of this melon has an orange pumpkin-like. It gives off a very distinctive fragrance.
This variety is sold in the market throughout the year, although the best time is between the months of June and August. It is then when the fruit has developed the very special sweet taste that characterizes it. The yellow color of the skin can lead to think they are at their ripest. However, it is not. One of the clearest indication of maturity in this melon is its fragrance, which should be delicate and sweet.
Cantaloupe, especially sweet, has a significant antioxidant effect due to the action of vitamins A and C.
The 80% of the composition of this fruit is water, and the few calories it provides are due to its moderate content of simple sugars.
But if anything stands cantaloupe over other varieties of melon is its high content of beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A, with antioxidant action and responsible for the orange color of the pulp. Additionally, this vitamin is an essential nutrient for vision and for the maintenance of tissue and hair. It is the body itself which is responsible for transforming the beta carotene to vitamin A as it is needed. Vitamin C also excels in this variety of melon, and also presents an antioxidant action. Among the minerals can be highlighted mainly potassium and magnesium.
Round shape and orange coloured pulp.
Sweet and delicate fragrance.