Melon Clarification - Knowledgebase Question

Ford City, PA
Question by johnsal
August 16, 1998
Our daily car pool discussions have centered around fresh seasonal vegetables. But there is a lingering question. It was agreed that you would be the definitive source. What is the difference between cantelope, honeydew and muskmelon? Please explain the differences. Local vegetable vendors seem equally confused.


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Answer from NGA
August 16, 1998

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Melon names are semantics, for the most part, in that we all know watermelons are pink and honeydews are green and cantaloupes are orange but after that..... Muskmelon actually includes all of the non-watermelons. That would be cataloupes along with the so-called winter melons such as casaba, crenshaw, and honeydew. I hope this helps!

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