Oklahoma Fruit of the Month: Cantaloupe
The terms "muskmelon" and "cantaloupe" are often used interchangeably, but this is not accurate. All cantaloupes are muskmelons, but not all muskmelons are cantaloupes. Muskmelons include a variety of melons, which run the gamut from cantaloupes to casabas. There are two basic categories, netted and smooth. The skin of a muskmelon can vary in color from creamy white to rich green, while the flesh may be white, green, golden, orange, or even almost salmon colored.
Cantaloupe is also referred to as netted melon because it has a ribless rind with a distinctive netted skin. Inside there is a hollow cavity that contains seeds encased in a web of netting. Cantaloupe is also known as "rock melon" in several parts of the world.
Cantaloupe grow very well in Oklahoma's hot summers. They are available in abundance from farmer's markets in July.
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