Cantaloupes are derived from the family of muskmelon known as Cucumis melo. Cantaloupes are also a part of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes almost all squashes and melons. They are usually 15 – 25 centimeters in diameter and tend to be rounder looking than watermelons which are usually oblong.Cantaloupe is eaten fresh almost exclusively. Cantaloupes are also consumed in ice cream desserts. A familiar form of modern antipasto is created by wrapping prosciutto in pieces of melons. This fruit is often consumed as a main course or as a dessert because of its sweet smelling and sugary interior. If not ripe when plucked, cantaloupes can be left in a warm room that is cool and dry until it ripens.
Cantaloupes are often used in fruit salads, pureed and added to soups, sliced, and served in yogurt or eaten raw with lemon juice and honey. The juice is sometimes mixed with water to make a variety of quite refreshing summer drinks.
- 1/2 Cup Cantaloupe
- 1/2 Cup Milk
- 2 Tbsp Sugar
- 4 Cubes Ice
- Cut melons into half. With a spoon, scrape seeds and pulp
- Place cantaloupe in a blender with ice and top with milk and sugar. Cover and blend until smooth.
- Serve in glasses over ice. Consume immediately.