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. It was first mentioned in English literature in 1739
Facts about Cantaloupes 2:Origin
The cantaloupe most likely originated in a region from South Asia to Africa. It was later introduced to Europe and, around 1890, became a commercial crop in the United States.Melon derived from use in Old French as meloun during the 13th century, and from Medieval Latin melonem, a kind of pumpkin. 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.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. 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 healthy snack.
Facts about Cantaloupes 6: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
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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