Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) aka: Rockmelon, is a round fruit with a thick beige outer skin, orange-yellow flesh, and small white seeds/pulp at the center.
Health Benefits of Cantaloupe
- Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
- Increased Immune Function
- Reduced Cancer Risk
- Protection Against Heart Disease
- Slowing Aging
- DNA Repair and Protection
- Alleviation of Cardiovascular Disease
- Alleviation of Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
- Alzheimer's Protection
- Osteoporosis Protection
- Stroke Prevention Cantaloupes provide polyphenol antioxidants which are linked to promoting cardiovascular health and boosting the immune system.
*Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly concentrated in Cantaloupe, and may not necessarily be related to Cantaloupe.
How to choose Cantaloupe
Look for cantaloupes that are firm with no discolorations. By the time a cantaloupe starts to get soft, you know it is very ripe and needs to be eaten.
Climate and origin
It is unclear where cantaloupes originated but it thought to be in either India, Africa, or Ancient Persia. Wherever they came from, cantaloupes are now grown all over the world and do well in temperate to tropical climates.
Cantaloupe has a sweet fragrant taste with a mushy texture. Cantaloupe tends to be sweeter at the core and more "water-y" as you get closer to the rind.
Cantaloupe gets its name from the Italian Papal village of Cantaloupe where it was first grown around 1700 A.D.
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Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Cantaloupe + Complete Nutrition FactsVitamin A | Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic Acid) | Vitamin C | Potassium | Click here to compare these nutrition facts with other fruits.
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