Also known as:
kharbooza, cantaloupe, rock melon.
Muskmelon is round in shape with firm, orange, moderately-sweet flesh with a thin reticulated light-brown rind. The cantaloupe originated in India and Africa and is, in actuality, really a muskmelon. Cantaloupe, common in the United States and in some parts of Canada, is a member of the same muskmelon species. It is named reticulates due to its net-like (or reticulated) skin covering. In Australia and New Zealand, it is called rock melon due to the rock-like appearance of the skin of the fruit. It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin and gourd, and like many of its relatives, grows on the ground on a trailing vine.
Commonly used in:
fruit salads, desserts, toppings, juice etc.
Muskmelon with its refreshingly rich flavour and aroma and minimal number of calories is the most opular variety of melons. It is a source of polyphenol antioxidants and contains vitamin A and C, dietary fiber, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 and folate.