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What is a cantaloupe?

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Cantaloupe is a juicy, orange-fleshed summer fruit that's related to the watermelon and honeydew melon. It also comes from the same Cucurbitatceae plant family as cucumbers, pumpkins, squashes, and gourds.

The semi-sweet cantaloupes most familiar to people in the U.S. are a type of muskmelon called Cucumis melo reticulatus. The scientific name stems in part from the word "reticulated" to describe the cantaloupe's rough, webbed outer skin.

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American Cancer Society: “Low-Fiber Foods.”

American Heart Association: “About Metabolic Syndrome.”

Defeat Diabetes Foundation: “Cantaloupe.”

FDA: “Vitamins,” “Minerals,” “Key Nutrients and Your Health.”

Food Source Information Wiki (Colorado): “Cantaloupes.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Foods that fight inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts.”

National Institutes of Health: “Vitamin C.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Six Steps to Controlling High Potassium.”

Produce for Better Health Foundation: “Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cantaloupe.”

University of California: “Cantaloupes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Basic Report:  09181, Melons, cantaloupe, raw,” “Fruit and Tree Nut Year Book Tables 2016,” “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release.”

University of Maryland Extension: “Cantaloupe.”

Food52: “Chilled Cantaloupe Soup.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on ,

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Low-Fiber Foods.”

American Heart Association: “About Metabolic Syndrome.”

Defeat Diabetes Foundation: “Cantaloupe.”

FDA: “Vitamins,” “Minerals,” “Key Nutrients and Your Health.”

Food Source Information Wiki (Colorado): “Cantaloupes.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Foods that fight inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts.”

National Institutes of Health: “Vitamin C.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Six Steps to Controlling High Potassium.”

Produce for Better Health Foundation: “Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cantaloupe.”

University of California: “Cantaloupes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Basic Report:  09181, Melons, cantaloupe, raw,” “Fruit and Tree Nut Year Book Tables 2016,” “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release.”

University of Maryland Extension: “Cantaloupe.”

Food52: “Chilled Cantaloupe Soup.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on ,

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