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Seasonal Fruit Guide

Cantaloupe-Mania: Get the Juiciest Melons at the Best Prices!

by Nicholas Karatzas 17 Dec 2022
Summer is here, and that means it’s time to stock up on cantaloupes! Sure, there are other melons like honeydews, watermelons, and casabas. But nothing beats a ripe, juicy cantaloupe when you’re looking for a sweet summer snack. Here’s everything you need to know about why this season is the best time of year to buy cantaloupes and how to make sure you get the juiciest melon around.

When is the Best Time of Year to Buy Cantaloupes?

Cantaloupes are most ripe in late summer and early fall, with August being the peak season for picking fresh cantaloupes. The best way to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe is to press your thumb gently against its skin; if it gives slightly under pressure then it’s ready to eat! Of course, you can always find pre-cut or pre-packaged cantaloupe in grocery stores year-round. But if you want the freshest fruit possible, then August is your month!

Where do Cantaloupes Come From?

Cantaloupes were originally cultivated in India over 4,000 years ago. From there they spread throughout Asia Minor before finally making their way into Europe in the 16th century where they quickly became popular as an exotic delicacy. Today, most of the world’s supply of cantaloupe comes from China, Turkey, Iran and Mexico—all countries with climates ideal for growing this delicious melon.

Interesting Facts About Cantaloupes

Cantaloupes are actually part of the same family as cucumbers and squash! While they may look quite different on the outside, all three fruits belong to the Cucurbitaceae family of plants. Fun fact: did you know that some people refer to them as “muskmelon?” That’s because they have a sweet scent like musk when they’re ripe. Lastly - yes – you can send them as gifts! A basket full of fresh cantaloupes makes an excellent gift for friends and family alike during this hot summer season.

So next time you're looking for a juicy snack or a unique gift idea during these hot summer months – think about getting yourself or someone else some fresh cantaloupe! Just make sure you pick up yours in August so that you get only the ripest ones from around the world. With some luck and careful selection – maybe even yours will have that elusive musky scent everyone's after! Happy shopping everyone!
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