The fresh fruit to enjoy today is cantaloupe.    Cantaloupe is packed with beta-carotene, this makes it an excellent source of Vitamin A.  Just one cup provides all the Vitamin A you will need for a day!  It is also a great source of Vitamin C, B complex vitamins and potassium. 

It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin and gourd.  They are at their peak taste June through August.

Choose a melon that is overly heavy for it’s size with no bruises or soft spots.  You can allow a firm cantaloupe to ripen by leaving it at room temperature for serveral days.  Cantaloupes should be refrigerated after cutting.

Cantaloupe makes a great snack or dessert and is perfect in a fresh fruit salad.  You can slice them in half horizontally, scoop out the seeds and use each half as a basket to serve your fruit salad in.