The cantaloupe has its roots in India and Africa but has made its way around the world and has become one of the most consumed melons in the United States today. Although we do not grow cantaloupe on the Jaemor farm, we do carry locally-grown cantaloupes. The best time for a ripe cantaloupe is during the month of July. An indicator of a ripe cantaloupe is interestingly enough, its unmistakable and distinctive smell. Make sure your cantaloupe is firm and not too soft - otherwise it is overripe, and the bottom of your cantaloupe should be yellow-orange, and not green.
There is a lot more to cantaloupe than meets the eye. One cup of cantaloupe contains more than the required daily value of Vitamin A and nearly the required daily value of Vitamin C. It is also a great source of potassium and has been found to contain more beta-carotene content than oranges.
No fruit salad is complete without cantaloupe; although, it also tastes great in traditional vegetable salads and salsas, as well. For a fresh, fruity, and frozen treat, try mixing cantaloupe with custard, frozen yogurt, ice cream, or a smoothie.
After a cantaloupe is purchased, it tends to keep for at least five to 10 days, depending on the ripeness of the melon. Once you're ready to eat the melon, be sure to wash it under running water using a clean vegetable brush. This is important because the spaces within the netted rind on the melon protect the bacteria and makes it harder to remove any buildup that might be present. After washing the melon, blot it with paper towels to remove excess water. Then put the melon on a clean surface to cut with a clean, dry knife and enjoy!
Fresh cantaloupe will be available in Jaemor’s Market during the summer. Be sure to come by to try some of this deliciously juicy fruit! If you are interested in purchasing or learning more about our cantaloupe and their availability, contact us today!