Cantaloupe Salsa

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!

Cantaloupe Salsa

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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 1 cantaloupe (about 6 cups)
  • 2 cups watermelon diced
  • 1 jalapeno seeded & diced
  • 2 avocado diced
  • 1 medium red onion diced
  • 3/4 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1-2 lime juice only
  • sea salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Combine ingredients in serving bowl.
  • Season to taste with salt & pepper.
  • 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!

Have a great weekend & enjoy your melon!

Lori Taylor

Author: Lori Taylor

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

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