Scientific Name: Cucumis melo
Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo) most likely originated from South Asia and Africa. Cantaloupes have a deeply netted, yellow-golden rind. The ripe fruit have a musky fragrance. Cantaloupe is a refreshing summer fruit that is good for the brain, blood, skin, and eyesight.
Cantaloupes are rich in vitamin C. An amount of 100 g of cantaloupe contains 41% daily value [DV] of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects the body cells from damage and supports heart health. It also enables the body to produce collagen, which provides a structure for cells, skin, and hair.
In addition, cantaloupes supply 19% daily value [DV] of vitamin A. This vitamin helps keep the eyes and immune system healthy. Vitamin A is also important for reproductive health. Beta-carotene in cantaloupes may help reduce cell damage caused by oxidative stress.
Cantaloupes also contain other antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that can be beneficial for health. The water content (90.15 g/100 g) can help reduce dehydration, and the dietary fiber content (3% DV) promotes healthy digestion and reduce constipation. Cantaloupes make an easy, refreshing, and healthy dessert.