One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small round melon of a variety with orange flesh and ribbed skin.
- ‘The cake I tried was so sweet that my gums shrank away from my teeth on the first bite, so I was happy to dig into a fresh fruit and yoghurt salad, along with slices of cantaloupe, honeydew melon and pineapple.’
- ‘The best sources of potassium include spinach, grapefruit, cantaloupe, almonds, bananas, mushrooms, oranges, apricots and potatoes.’
- ‘Good vitamin-C sources are citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupes, tomatoes, green and red bell peppers and broccoli.’
- ‘Well, unlike bananas, tomatoes and peaches, cantaloupes don't ripen after they're picked.’
- ‘Research shows that bananas, cantaloupes, cucumbers, honeydew, watermelon, and zucchini, as well as chamomile and echinacea, contain proteins in their pollen that resemble the pollen found in ragweed.’
Late 18th century: from French cantaloup, from Cantaluppi near Rome, where it was first grown in Europe after being introduced from Armenia.
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