Techniques: The Cantaloupe

If I’m being honest, I’ve been spelling cantaloupe wrong my entire life until I started preparing this post. I even designed the summer produce list with the misspelling on it and had to re-do part of it. To think I almost won my third grade spelling bee, and I didn’t know how to spell cantaloupe? Absurd.

The cantaloupe, also known as the muskmelon, originated from tropical plants. There are many health benefits to cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are a good source of beta carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A when ingested. They are a great source for Vitamin C, and also contain Vitamin B-9. Cantaloupes are made up of mostly water – about 90%. Though you of course need to drink plenty of water, water-filled fruits can help you stay hydrated.

Though cantaloupes are available year-round, they are ripest in the summer. Not only is the flavor better when the melon is in season, but the vitamins and overall nutritional benefits are at their highest.

When choosing a cantaloupe, the easiest way to tell it’s ripeness is the weight of the melon. If it feels slightly heavy, that’s usually a good indication of a ripe cantaloupe.

Somewhat similar to cutting a pineapple, the easiest way to cut a cantaloupe starts with removing the skin. Once this technique is mastered, it can be applied to a variety of fruits – oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupes, pineapple, honeydew melon, and watermelon. Then, the seeds are removed and the melon is sliced or diced from there. Check out our tutorial:

 

All you need is a knife, cutting board, and a spoon.

If you found our tutorial helpful, we’d love for you to share it! I’ve seen people try to cut different fruit all kinds of crazy ways, and always want to share my hacks with everyone.

For more technique videos, check out our YouTube channel!

-K

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