Melon Cantaloupe

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Melon Cantaloupe

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Description

Cucumis melo, commonly known as Cantaloupe, is a delicious and popular melon variety appreciated for its sweet and juicy orange flesh. Belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, Cantaloupe is a warm-season fruit that thrives in well-drained, sandy soils with plenty of sunlight. The Cantaloupe fruit is round to oval in shape and typically weighs several pounds when mature. Its thick, netted rind is beige to tan, and the prominent netting or webbing on the skin distinguishes it from other melon varieties. The fruit's interior is where its true allure lies. The flesh is juicy, aromatic, and ranges in color from pale orange to deep salmon, depending on the specific variety. Cantaloupe is renowned for its exceptional sweetness and refreshing flavor. The succulent flesh has a perfect balance of sweetness and subtle musky undertones, creating a delightful sensory experience. The aroma is often fragrant, adding to the overall appeal of the fruit. Cantaloupe is not only a tasty treat but also a nutritious one. It is a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. The high water content makes it a hydrating choice during hot weather. A versatile fruit that can be enjoyed in various culinary applications. It is commonly consumed fresh, either sliced on its own or in fruit salads. The sweet and juicy flesh also pairs well with savory elements like prosciutto. Additionally, Cantaloupe is often blended into smoothies, used in desserts, or enjoyed as a refreshing snack. Cantaloupe plants thrive in warm climates with plenty of sunlight or a greenhouse in cooler climates. They require well-drained soil and benefit from consistent watering. The vines can be left to sprawl on the ground or trained to climb on a trellis, which can be particularly useful in smaller garden spaces. In summary, Cantaloupe is a delectable melon variety that combines sweet, juicy flesh with a fragrant aroma. Its versatility in culinary applications, coupled with its nutritional value, makes it a favorite during the summer months. Whether enjoyed on its own or as part of creative dishes, Cantaloupe is a refreshing and delightful addition to the world of fruits.

Sowing Advice

Sow seed on edge to prevent rotting. Sow two seeds 1.5cm (½in) deep from mid- to late April, in small pots a propagator or on a sunny windowsill at 18-21ºC (64-70ºF). Remove the weakest seedling after germination. If you're growing your melons outdoors, harden off (acclimatise to outdoor conditions) from late May to early June, once there is no danger of frost and when they have three or four leaves.

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Key Facts

Family:MELON

Common name:Cucumis melo

Packet Content:15 (Approx)

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