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3 Reasons to Eat Cantaloupe
Published: 7/5/2013

Cantaloupe is a thick-skinned fruit with an outer layer that resembles a net. In peak harvest season during June, July and August, cantaloupe provides a refreshing, sweet and hearty treat, perfect for fruit salads and smoothies. A member of the same family as pumpkin, squash and cucumber, cantaloupe is:

  1. An excellent source of beta-carotene
  2. A good source of vitamin C
  3. A relatively low-calorie food

Overall, it's a satisfying way to get your vitamins during the summer months. Diabetics should eat cantaloupe in moderation, as it falls in the medium range of the glycemic index.

You can identify a ripe cantaloupe by pressing your finger into the stem end - a gentle yielding indicates ripeness, as does a distinctive, sweet aroma of cantaloupe flesh you get when holding the whole melon close to your nose.

Try cantaloupe in our Summer Melon Fruit and Two-Colored Fruit Gazpacho recipes!

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