We all pretty much know what a cantaloupe is by now…in fact, the melons that I am going to be talking about in the next few posts are all very familiar to us by now—cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon.
But I’m gonna ramble on about these types of melons anyway…starting with the cantaloupe.
Cantaloupes are easily recognizable, with their netted green and beige skin…and we all know that when you slice into your cantaloupe you will find orange fresh that is deliciously sweet…(as long as you’ve picked a decent cantaloupe…more on this later).
Nutritional Value…The typical cantaloupe is actually 90% water and provides…
- Carbohydrates…8% carbohydrates
- Calories…34 per half cup
- Vitamin C…44%DV
- Vitamin A…21%DV
Types of Cantaloupe
And did you know that there are actually several different varieties of cantaloupe…
Let’s take a look at these different types.
American cantaloupe…This is the cantaloupe that most of us think of whenever we think about cantaloupes…and the one that can be found in almost all grocery stores everywhere. These round melons have a rough “net-like” outer peel. The flesh is typically firm, orange, moderately sweet…assuming that you haven’t let it sit on your counter for a year or so…
Asian Cantaloupe…Asian cantaloupes differ from your typical cantaloupe in several ways. First of all, their outer skins can range in color from pale green to yellow and are not as deeply netted as your typical cantaloupe. The fruit is more oblong also. As far as the flesh goes, Asian cantaloupes have a pale orange flesh that is more delicate and crispy…instead of being soft and pulpy.
Charentais Cantaloupe…Charentais cantaloupe are the pride of France…having been first produced in the Poitou-Charentes region in Western France. These cantaloupe are much smaller than the other types of cantaloupe…being about the size of a grapefruit and weighing about two pounds per melon. The rind is smooth and a creamy-graywith faint green ribs. The flesh is a bright salmon-orange color. Nutritionally speaking, these cantaloupe are great source of beta-carotene, folic acid, and dietary fiber.
Crenshaw Cantaloupes…Crenshaw cantaloupes are a hybrid of the Casaba and Persian cantaloupes and possibly the best tasting cantaloupes out there. They weigh anywhere fom eight to ten pounds per melon and have a buttercup-yellow rind and are said to be one of the sweetest melons there. Nutritionally speaking, crenshaw cantaloupes are packed with vitamins A, B6 and C,
- European Cantaloupe…
- European cantaloupes have a lightly ribbed gray-green skin without any netting…quite different from what we normally expect. They have a orange, juicy, sweet and aromatic flesh.
- Galia Cantaloupe…Galia cantaloupes are smaller than your typical cantaloupes that originated from Israel and are extremely popular in Southeast Asia. They have a sweet, pale yellow, or green flesh…often said to look like a cantaloupe from the outside, but a honeydew melon from the inside.
- Japanese Cantaloupe…Japanese cantaloupes have a very smooth smooth rind, a perfectly round shape, and a pale yellow-orange flesh.
- These melons sell for anywhere from $100.00 to $250 per melon. They are extremely valued by the Japanese. In fact, they are often gift-wrapped and given as gifts because they show the status symbol of people who can afford it.
- These melons are so expensive because they are rare…They are only cultivated in the small town of Yubari, Japan…where they are grown with the extremely labor-extensive care and consideration, such as making sure that the stems are pruned to the exact same lengths, pollinating the seeds manually, and massaging the fruits by hand.