The #ProduceMomPick of the week is Cantaloupe! Cantaloupes are named after the gardens in Cantalupo, Italy, which is where some historians believe the first melons were grown. Today, cantaloupe is a popular fruit that is grown in the United States, specifically Indiana! Lucky for us, Indiana-grown cantaloupes are in their peak season NOW! Cantaloupes are known for their sweet & delicious flavor that is an excellent source of Vitamin A & C.
The timing to pick a cantaloupe is essential to the taste & flavor of the melon. Once the cantaloupe is picked, the melon will continue to ripe but will not become any sweeter. I am often asked how to know when a cantaloupe is ripe enough to select & eat.
Here are a few tips to help find your perfect melon!
- Hold it – fruit should feel heavier & fuller than expected
- Thump it – a deep & dull sound should be heard
- Check it – the skin should be yellow and/or cream colored
- Smell it – the melon should have a fragrant smell that is not too strong
Try this recipe adapted from the Dulcinea Kitchen – a tasty & flavorful Cantaloupe Salsa!
My boys have already added cantaloupe to this weekend’s shopping list & cannot wait to slice open their melon : ) Make sure to add cantaloupe to your weekend grocery list too! Indiana-grown cantaloupe is available NOW in all Produce Mom Retailers!
Have a great weekend & enjoy your melon!!
xoxo Produce Mom