Variety: Cucumis melo
Cantaloupe is also called mush melons, muskmelons, Persian melons and rock melons which belong to the family Cucurbitaceae that includes watermelons and honeydew. It is widely grown in Europe and California. It weighs down from 500 g to 5 Kg (1 to 10 pounds). The seeds of Cantaloupe possess 30 to 35% of protein, 40-45% of fat, 8-10% of carbohydrate and minerals as well as fibers. It possesses omega-3 fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid. It also possesses the micronutrients such as potassium, selenium, zinc and copper. Cantaloupe seeds also contain high content of fat soluble vitamin E such as tocopherol.
It was originated in Persia and was cultivated by ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Europeans and Romans. The seeds was brought from Armenia and cultivated in 1700 which became the part of homeland of melons. European cantaloupe is the most popular variety which was cultivated in France. It was introduced by Christopher Columbus to North America in 1494 on his second voyage to New World. In 1881, Netted Gem was introduced by W. Atlee Burpee company.
|Fat, total (g)||47.4|
|- saturated (g)||9.8|
|- sugars (g)||0|