History and Facts:
Cantaloupes are named for the papal gardens of Cantaloupe, Italy, where some historians say this species of melon was first grown. Netted melons, popularly called cantaloupes by Americans, are actually musk melons. Commercial production of cantaloupe in the U.S. began in the mid-1800's.

Nutritional Value:
Cantaloupe is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. One quarter of a cantaloupe is only 50 calories, and provides the daily dosage of vitamins A and C, as well as being a good source of potassium.

Cantaloupes should be stored in temperatures between 38 and 40 degrees fahrenheit, with a relative humidity of 90 percent. Typical shelf life is 10 to 14 days. If the product is cut, it should be stored at 45 degrees fahrenheit or lower.

March through July

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