Cantaloupe Melon

Cantaloupe Melon

Origin: Reunion Island, France

Description: Although it is not clear whether they come from Africa or Asia, melons have been known for more than 3,000 years in China. Their introduction in Reunion Island probably dates back from the first settlers who arrived in the island, named Bourbon Isle, at the beginning of the 17th century. 

Cantaloupe melons range in weight from 0.5 to 5 kilograms. The name is derived via French cantaloup from Italian Cantalupo, which was formerly a papal county seat near Rome, after the fruit's introduction there from Armenia.

Nutrition: Cantaloupe melon is an excellent source of beta carotene and vitamin C. Because it is high in both fiber and moisture, it helps to prevent constipation, promote regularity and maintain a healthy digestive tract. With its high water and electrolyte content, cantaloupe is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.

How to use: Fragrant and sweet when ripe, it is usually eaten as a fresh fruit, in a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard.Subtle ingredient for cocktails and gazpachos, Cantaloupe is synonymous with refreshing and aromatic sensations.

How to store: Optimal storage temperature is between 2 and 5 degrees Celsius. To prevent drying, It is better to store in the refrigerator compartment where humidity is higher. In these conditions, it can usually be stored 5 days.