Myriad adjectives spring to mind around the image of a perfectly ripe melon: luscious, juicy, flowery, sweet, spicy, delicate, aromatic, perfumed. Sweet melons are members of the gourd family, a large botanical classification that also encompasses cucumbers and squashes.
In the US, the cantaloupe is the most popular variety of muskmelon. The American cantaloupe is characterized by a soft, netted, khaki-colored rind and bright orange flesh. In contrast, the true cantaloupe originates from the town of Cantaloupe near Rome. The European variety (like our Ambrosia Cantaloupe) has a scented yellow flesh with a hard, greenish-golden rind that’s banded into narrow segments.
Today, with burgeoning interest in heirloom fruits and vegetables, you can find a growing assortment of muskmelon varieties popping up across the country. Many markets now offer a wide selection of orange-fleshed melons similar to cantaloupes, such as Ambrosia, Persian, Crenshaw and others.
Why choose organic cantaloupe?
How to select and store cantaloupe
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Juicy, sweet and vitamin-rich
Earthbound Farm Organic Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and a good source of potassium, a mineral that’s essential for the proper function of all cells, tissues and organs, and which may help maintain a healthy blood pressure.
Cantaloupe is one of the most popular melons in America and rivals the banana in potassium content. This fruit is packed with a colorful antioxidant called beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A when needed. Within the context of a healthy diet, beta-carotene may play a role in reducing the risk of certain chronic diseases. Eating cantaloupe, and other beta-carotene-rich foods as part of a healthy diet, may also improve physical performance and strength for seniors.
Why choose organic cantaloupe?
Cantaloupe is #39 on the Environmental Working Group's “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides,” a list of produce that carries the most pesticide residues when grown conventionally. Choosing organic cantaloupe makes sense — especially for children, whose growing bodies are so much more susceptible to environmental chemical exposures than adults’.
At Earthbound Farm, we grow our organic cantaloupe without toxic synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, using sustainable farming methods that protect the environment and help keep pesticides out of our soil, air, water and food supply. Organic food is the healthiest choice for people and the planet — and we think organic cantaloupe tastes better, too!
WhatsOnMyFood.org from the Pesticide Action Network shows you searchable results for melons like cantaloupe and a wide range of other organic and conventional foods. It’s an easy-to-use and empowering tool for learning about pesticide residues and their health effects for all of us.
Sweet, fragrant European-style melon with deeply grooved skin that turns golden when ripe. Delicious on antipasto, cheese and dessert plates.
Fresh, ripe cantaloupe is sweet and juicy, with a pleasant, almost floral aroma. It's a nutritious treat anytime from breakfast to dinner.