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Compatibility & Temperature

Grade Tolerances

Nutrition Information



Though the terms Cantaloupes and Muskmelon are used interchangeably in the trade, they are not synonymous. Cantaloupes are a type of Muskmelon as are Honeydews, Honeyball, Persian, Casaba, Spanish and Santa Claus melons.

Cantaloupes are the relatively small, green skinned melons with a netted surface. The state of this netting is one indication of ripeness.

The netting of a ripe melon will be rounded up from the surface. The skin color between the netting will turn from a gray to dull green color in an immature melon to at least a deep uniform green, and in most varieties, an even yellow color when the melon is mature.

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USDA recommended storage 36° to 41° F. (2.5° to 5.0° C.)

Approximate freezing point 29.9° F. (-1.2° C.)

To prevent deterioration after harvest, the melons should be promptly precooled and maintained at temperatures between 36° and 41° F. Some shippers request refrigeration settings near 32° F. for short periods of transit. These cooler temperatures should not be held longer than a few days as chilling injury may result.

Sources: United States Department Of Agriculture and the Agricultural Marketing Programs and Services.

Summary of Published Grade Standard Tolerances

(The following pertains to U.S. No. 1 Cantaloupes unless otherwise noted.)

For defects

(U.S. No.1 and higher)

At shipping point

8% total including 4% serious including 1/2% decay or mold

At destination

(See F.O.B. Good Delivery Guidelines) 12% total including a max. of

8% permanent defects or

6% serious including

4% serious by perm. defects 2% decay


Quality Defects

1) Maturity

2) Slip

3) Internal Quality

4) Netting

5) Shape

6) Uniformity & Appearance 7) Scars

8) Sunburn


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Condition Defects

1) Firmness

2) Ground Color

3) Bruises

4) Sunken Areas

5) Liquid In Seed Cavity 6) Surface Mold

7) Rhizopus Rot

8) Cladesporium Rot


Suitable Shipping Condition/ F.O.B. Good Delivery Guidelines

(Maximum percentage for 5 day normal transit.)

15% total including 8% serious including 5% decay

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup of balls


Amount Per Serving

Calories from Fat 3Calories 60


% Daily Values*

Total Fat 0.34g  1%

   Saturated Fat 0.09g 0%

   Polyunsaturated Fat 0.143g

   Monounsaturated Fat 0.005g

Cholesterol 0mg 0%

Sodium 28mg 1%

Potassium 473mg

Total Carbohydrate 14.44g 5%

   Dietary Fiber 1.6g 6%

   Sugars 13.91g

Protein 1.49g


Vitamin A 120%  Vitamin C 108%

Calcium 2%  Iron 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


Nutrition Values are based on USDA Nutrient Database SR18


Century Farms Cantaloupes

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10957 NW 123rd Street Medley, FL 33178

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