The melon known as a cantaloupe in the U.S. is actually a muskmelon, according to the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA). True cantaloupes are come from Europe and have a rough gray-green skin quite different from the melons grown stateside.
But the American cantaloupe is still delicious — with a soft, creamy texture and density that makes it perfect for a breakfast parfait or crepe. The flesh can also be used in salads and desserts.
To pick the best cantaloupe at the farmers' market, PCFMA suggests looking for a shallow indent where the stem was attached, a yellow color underneath the thick network of veins and a strong fragrance.
Find recipes like Cantaloupe Salsa on the PCFMA website.
Concord Farmers' Markets
- Todos Santos Plaza, Concord (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays)
- Sunvalley Mall (8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays)
- Concord High School (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays)
- Downtown Clayton (8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturdays)
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