Cantaloupe taxonomy refers to the botanical classification of this fruit. The botanical name of Cantaloupe fruit (Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis) holds great importance in Scientific Classification of Cantaloupe as it is a combination of genus (Cucumis) and species (C. melo). The class and subclass of this fruit is Magnoliopsida and Dillenhidae. Family is a major taxonomic rank in classification of a fruit and is classified between order and genus. Family of Cantaloupe is Cucurbitaceae. Fruits with similar family possess similar characteristics.
Interesting facts about Cantaloupe
Fruits have been a prominent part of human diet since ages! We eat fruits in raw, stored, canned form and even use them in various recipes. All of us have a basic idea about the characteristics of this fruit but there are some interesting facts about Cantaloupe that are still unknown to many of us. Some of the intriguing Cantaloupe Facts are:
- Cantaloupe is known as rock-melon in some parts of the world.
- Christopher columbus first introduced cantaloupes to north america in 1494.
- The name 'Cantaloupe' as it is cultivated in papal gardens of cantaloupes, Italy.
Nowadays, hybridization of fruits has given rise to different varieties of fruits. The varieties of this fruit are Hales Best Jumbo, Sweet 'N Early Hybrid, Hearts of Gold, Ambrosia, Athena, Honey Bun Hybrid, Fastbreak and Superstar. It is not available in seedless variety.