Cantaloupe is a popular type of muskmelon that really shines in the summer months. The sweet, tender fruit is typically eaten fresh as a snack, breakfast, side dish or dessert. Grown all over the world, cantaloupe is a popular crop in China as well as the Middle East. The North American cantaloupe (Cucumis melo var. reticulatus) is a vining melon plant that’s easily recognized by the beige netted pattern that forms on the outside of the fruit. It has a tan-green rind and sweet orange flesh. Coarse, medium green heart-shape leaves sit upright on fuzzy stems that line prickly, sprawling vines. Cantaloupe loves warm weather in which to grow and it has a moderate growth rate. It’s typically planted in the spring for a summer harvest.