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Muskmelon – food facts

Muskmelon (also known as American Canteloupe) is a popular home garden and commercial crop, distinguished from other cantaloupe by its net-patterned skin. Native to Greece, Iran (Persia), and Armenia; probably brought to the Americas by the Spanish invaders.

Related:  Casaba, Crenshaw, & Honeydew melons, Watermelon

Growing season in the LV: Muskmelons require 70 to 100 frost-free days and will tolerate no frost. LV harvest in August & September

Growing conditions:  Soil rich in organic matter, pH 6.0–7.0, basically neutral or very slightly acidic.

Pollination: honeybees

Cooking/Preparation required: Cut & serve!

Fertilizers or pesticides:  None needed; commercial production often uses a variety of pesticides at different stages of growth. Muskmelons (‘cantaloupes’) are on EWG’s ‘Clean 15‘ list.

Nutrients: Vitamin A (beta-carotene) & C, potassium, antioxidants (polyphenols). (Although muskmelon’s antioxidant density is lower than some fruits, it is usually consumed in larger quantities.)

NOTE:

Nutrient content can vary greatly depending on soil conditions, with organic methods and a soil rich in organic matter generally producing the best results.

‘Dirty Dozen’ or ‘Clean Fifteen’ ratings do not necessarily apply to produce grown on local farms — you need to check with the farmer to determine if and when any fertilizers or pesticides were applied.