This fruit has literally ten million different names depending on where you are –cantaloupe, musk melon, Persian melon, rock-melon to name a few. Unfortunately, even though I wished it was year round, this staple is my absolute favourite fruit. It is definitely very interesting how preferences for foods change as you grow because I remember trying cantaloupe for the first time in 2010, (yes I know, how can it be my favourite fruit if its so new to me?) and absolutely hating it. Melons were not a very popular category of fruit in Ghana; we only had watermelon and rarely canary melon. Honey dew too was quite appalling to me. But after multiple tries and faith in my evolving taste buds, I developed a slight addiction to this fruit. I am not generally a fan of mono meals because I enjoy variety, but I can eat two small cantaloupes or a large one any day.
What I love most about this fruit is the fact that it involves very little cleanup because I can just east the flesh straight out of the skin and not have to painstakingly peel the fruit. It’s a perfect vessel to carry anything from smoothie bowls, to my favourite–frozen berries, and what I am yet to try which is some banana nice cream. It’s nice to sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of cantaloupe and some berries and eat the berries like popcorn and scoop the cantaloupe flesh with an ice-cream scope. Very yummy!
The cantaloupe has been cultivated for thousands of years starting in what is now present-day Iran and gaining popularity in ancient Egypt and Greece. These people definitely new what was up! (insert thumps up emoji)
On the micronutrient level, which I know many people are interested about, one small cantaloupe is very low in calories, which means I can eat as many as I want (lies, always eat in moderation) It has about 3 times the recommended amount of Vitamin A and C and a third of your daily intake of potassium, which is crazy. It’s incredibly hydrating with a high water content, it has a great amount of beta carotene which is great for eye sight and immunity.
Cantaloupes are generally available in the summer in Canada months as warmer temperatures are more conducive to growing these delicious melons, but non-organic, higher carbon-foot-printed cantaloupes are available year round (hint:don’t buy these). So grab a melon before it goes out of season and create endless food art with it before summer flies by.