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!

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Cantaloupe Salsa
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  1. Combine ingredients in serving bowl.
  2. Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  3. Serve with veggies or tortilla chips. It’s also delicious on grilled meats & fish.

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

 

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