The fruit names cantaloupe
and muskmelon are used somewhat interchangeably. What is generally called cantaloupe
in the west is really a muskmelon, characterized by a webbed surface. Cantaloupes
have a smooth and lumpy skin
with deep ridges. Cantaloupes
were cultivated in Egypt's Nile valley as early as 2000 B.C.
Did you know
are in the same gourd family
as squashes and cucumbers. Most melons
have similar structure to winter
squash with thick flesh and inner seed-filled midsection. The difference
and squashes is very simply, it's the way that they are used. Squashes are considered vegetables, while cantaloupe
melon is fruit, with sweet and juicy flavor.