EN on Foods

July 2008 Issue

Cantaloupe: Enjoy Succulence With Tad of Caution

The melon that Americans call cantaloupe is actually a muskmelon or "netted" melon, not a "true" cantaloupe, which is grown only in Europe. Both true cantaloupe and muskmelon are part of the Cucumis melo family, along with casaba, Crenshaw and honeydew melons, but not watermelon, which is in a different genus entirely. All are part of a larger family with cucumber, squash and pumpkin.

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