Can’t Get Enough Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is delicious and cooling, sweet and juicy and in-season now! June through August is peak cantaloupe season, so it’s time to experiment with different recipes.

Melon Seed Agua Fresca

Melon Seed Agua FrescaThis summer stay as cool as a cucumber by adding delicious, sweet and juicy cantaloupe to your diet. Cantaloupe, like cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon, is a member of the squash or gourd family. It’s a vine crop (a descendent of tropical plants) meaning it thrives in hot, humid climates.

How to Pick a Cantaloupe

Easy Pickled Melon

The presence or condition of an attached stem is an excellent indicator of whether a melon was harvested mature. For honeydews and cantaloupes, the stem should be gone (detached cleanly and completely). Look for cantaloupe with a strong musky sweet fragrance. Note that refrigeration can sometimes mask melon fragrance. The “second” color under the surface netting can also indicate ripeness. Melons that are yellow or yellow-green as opposed to dark green are best. Always thoroughly wash the outside surface of melons before cutting them.Get Cooking
June through August is peak cantaloupe season, so experiment with different recipes during the next few months. Here are some delicious ideas to get you started:

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