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muskmelon, rockmelon

What is it?

The melon that most of us refer to as a “cantaloupe” is not actually a true cantaloupe. A true cantaloupe is a specific European-grown melon that is not imported to North America.

American “cantaloupes” are actually muskmelons. They have a thin, greenish-gray rind which, when perfectly ripe, has a raised beige netting over it. These melons have sweet, juicy pastel orange flesh.

How to prep:

Choose cantaloupes that give off a sweet, perfumy fragrance and feel heavy for their size. A good cantaloupe should have a thick, raised netting and yield to light pressure at the blossom end. Stay away from melons with soft spots or strong odors.

How to store:

Allow unripe cantaloupes to ripen at room temperature. To speed up this process, put the melon in a paper bag with a few ripe apples and close it loosely. Store ripe melons in the refrigerator.


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