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CANTALOUPE TRIVIA

U.S. Cantalope per capita usage:

 

1970

1980

1990

2000

2011

Cantalope

7.2 lbs

5.9 lbs

9.2 lbs

11.1 lbs

8.7 lbs

Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service


Cantaloupe, wedge cut

What we call 'cantaloupe' in the U.S., is actually a muskmelon. The true cantaloupe is a European melon named after a castle’s gardens in Italy.

The cantaloupe was supposedly named for Cantalou, a former Papal garden near Rome, where the variety was developed.

 

 

 

 

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