A member of the melon family, cantaloupes are a mainstay in the farmers' market during the summer months.
The most beloved cantaloupe is the muskmelon, with a tan, net-like skin covering. It is heavy, round, and firm with bright orange flesh that is very sweet when ripe. The cantaloupe is an excellent source of beta-carotene, folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and dietary fiber.
It is very low in calories, while high in manganese and potassium. The cantaloupe was cultivated in Iran, India and Africa, but the name actually derives from a town in Italy, Cantaloupe.