10 Interesting Facts about Cantaloupes


Have you ever heard 10 interesting Facts about Cantaloupes  ?Cantaloupe (muskmelon, mushmelon, rockmelon, sweet melon) or spanspek (South Africa) is a variety of the Cucumis melo species in the Cucurbitaceae family..Cantaloupes range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kilograms (1 to 11 lb). Originally, cantaloupe referred only to the non-netted, orange-fleshed melons of Europe, but may mean any orange-fleshed melon of C. melo.

 

Facts about Cantaloupes 1:Etymology

The name cantaloupe was derived in the 18th century via French cantaloup from Italian Cantalupo, which was formerly a papal county seat near Rome, after the fruit was introduced there from Armenia.[3] It was first mentioned in English literature in 1739

Facts about Cantaloupes 2:Origin

              Cantaloupe

 

The cantaloupe most likely originated in a region from South Asia to Africa.[2] It was later introduced to Europe and, around 1890, became a commercial crop in the United States.[2]Melon derived from use in Old French as meloun during the 13th century, and from Medieval Latin melonem, a kind of pumpkin.[4] It was among the first plants to be domesticated and cultivated.

 

Facts about Cantaloupes 3:Types

The European cantaloupe, C. melo var. cantalupensis, is lightly ribbed with a sweet and flavorful flesh and a gray-green skin that looks quite different from that of the North American cantaloupe.[2]The North American cantaloupe, C. melo var. reticulatus, common in the United States, Mexico, and some parts of Canada, is a different variety of Cucumis melo, a muskmelon that has a “net-like” (reticulated) peel.[2] It is a round melon with firm, orange, moderately sweet flesh.

Facts about Cantaloupes 4:Production

In 2016, global production of melons, including cantaloupes, was 31.2 million tonnes, with China accounting for 51% of the world total (15.9 million tonnes.

Facts about Cantaloupes 5:Consumption

Cantaloupe is normally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard. Melon pieces wrapped in prosciutto are a familiar antipasto. The seeds are edible and may be dried for use as a snack

Facts about Cantaloupes 6:Nutrition

                      Cantaloupe Nutrition

 

Raw cantaloupe is 90% water, 8% carbohydrates, 0.8% protein and 0.2% fat, providing 140 kJ (34 kcal) and 2020 μg of the provitamin A orange carotenoid, beta-carotene per 100 grams.

Facts about Cantaloupes 7:Prices

In the United States, a kg (or 2.2 pounds) of Cantaloupe is only $0.75 usd- a lot cheaper than the global average. The global average price of Cantaloupe is $1.42 usd per kg, but the price is fairly volatile or likely to change.

Facts about Cantaloupes 8:How to Pick Good Cantaloupes

The best way to pick a cantaloupe is by smell. The fruit should have a sweet, slightly musky scent. A good cantaloupe feels heavy for its size, has a rind that resembles raised netting, and has a stem end that yields slightly when pressed with your thumb

 

Facts about Cantaloupes 9:Planting

These plants need plenty of sun with warm, well-draining soil—preferably with pH levels between 6.0 and 6.5. Seeds are usually planted anywhere from ½ to 1 inch deep, and in groups of three

 

Facts about Cantaloupes 10:Pest

                      Melon Fly

 

There are several pest that can attack your cantaloupes such as:Aphids,Blister Beetles,Pickleworms,Seed Corn Maggots,Spider,Mites,Spotted Cucumber Beetle,Squash Vine Borer,Striped Cucumber Beetle, and Thrips.Most of them are insects.

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