Cantaloupes are named for the papal gardens of Cantalupo, Italy, where some historians say this species of melon was first grown.

How to Select

Choose fragrant, symmetrical cantaloupes, heavy for size with no visible bruises and yellow or cream undertone. Stem end should give to gentle pressure.

How to Store

Store uncut cantaloupes at room temperature for up to 1 week. Refrigerate cut melon in airtight container up to 5 days.

How to Prepare

Make sure to wash the cantaloupe before cutting. Gently scoop out seeds with a spoon and cut the fruit into wedges or use a melon baller.