What is commonly referred to as a cantaloupe is actually a species of muskmelon; cantaloupe is just a different name for the Cucumis melo reticulatus muskmelon. There is also a variety called a European cantaloupe that is a muskmelon as well.Continue Reading
Although both the American and European varieties of cantaloupe are muskmelons, the opposite is not always true. There are types of muskmelons that are not cantaloupes, such as the Bender, Casaba and Honey Dew.
Muskmelons originated in Persia hundreds of years ago. They slowly spread through the Middle East and Europe and eventually found their way to North America.Learn more about Fruits & Veggies
A cantaloupe is ready to harvest when there is a crack in the stem and when the rind changes from green to yellow or tan. Don't use the color on its own to determine if the fruit is ripe, but look for the crack and other signs as well.Full Answer >
Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are common varieties of melon. Except for watermelon, melons are all of the same species. Watermelon originated in southern Africa and is grown around the world. It has a uniform pulp inside unlike other melons which are hollow in the center.Full Answer >
Easy removal from the vine; raised, tan netting on the outside of the fruit; a strong scent; and a growth period between 30 and 45 days since flowering are signs a cantaloupe is ready to pick. Cantaloupes that are harvested at the correct time are the sweetest.Full Answer >
The average size of an orange is approximately 2.5 inches in diameter, though measurements vary between species. Countries that produce oranges include the United States, Mexico and Pakistan.Full Answer >