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 A and vitamin C. An amount of 100 g of cantaloupe contains 61% 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.
Cantaloupes supply 68% 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 high water content (90.15 g/100 g) can help reduce dehydration, and the dietary fiber content (4% DV) promotes healthy digestion and reduce constipation. Cantaloupes make an easy, refreshing, and healthy dessert.