While cantaloupe’s rough skin isn’t exactly pretty, it’s the inside that counts with these melons. The fruit (also known as muskmelon) is part of the Gourd family and is known for being super-hydrating and sweet.
Cantaloupe and Honeydew share similar nutritional profiles, except for two main differences—vitamin C and beta-carotene. Cantaloupe contains about twice the amount of vitamin C as does honeydew (37 milligrams for 100 gram serving versus 18 milligrams for that same amount) and about 67 times the amount of beta-carotene. This difference in beta-carotene is significant. One quarter of a medium melon (about 5 inches in diameter) delivers all of the daily recommended values of vitamins A and C, which is precisely why this melon is sometimes called a “beauty fruit.” The orange flesh being packed with beta-carotene, helps promote a healthy skin. Cantaloupe may even help prevent wrinkles, since studies suggest low doses of beta-carotene can improve elasticity and premature ageing of the skin.
If we were looking for a source of this important nutrient, we would look to cantaloupe – a delicious and important part of your Healthiest Way of Eating.
Cantaloupe melons grow on the ground surface as a trailing vine. It features lightly-ribbed, pale green skin, its flesh colour ranges from orange/yellow to salmon and has a soft consistency and juicy texture with a sweet, musky aroma that is best in the completely ripe fruits. There is a hollow cavity filled with small off-white color seeds. It is an excellent source of vitamin A which has been known to help protect from oral cavity and lung cancers and contains vitamin c. Advised storage is in a cool ventilated area. To prepare wash the whole fruit in cool water, then cut in pieces and discard the skin or scoop out the melon’s flesh.
A typical 100g portion contains 34 calories, 8.6g carbohydrate, 0.19g fat, 0.9g protein and 0.9g of fibre.