Cantaloupe is a thick-skinned fruit with an outer layer that resembles a net. In peak harvest season during June, July and August, cantaloupe provides a refreshing, sweet and hearty treat, perfect for fruit salads and smoothies. Belonging to the same family as pumpkin, squash and cucumber, cantaloupe is an excellent source of beta-carotene and vitamin C. With a relatively low calorie count per serving, cantaloupe is a satisfying way to get your vitamins during the summer months. (Diabetics should eat cantaloupe in moderation, as it is falls in the medium range of the glycemic index.)
You can identify a ripe cantaloupe by pressing your finger into the stem end - a gentle yielding is an indication of ripeness, as is a distinctive aroma of cantaloupe flesh where you test it.
Try cantaloupe in Two-Color Fruit Gazpacho as part of a refreshing summer brunch.