“This cantaloupe tastes like summer,” said my oldest.

She’s so right.

After many winter months, it’s so refreshing to find melons at the grocery store again. We bring one home and I eye it closely. It looks quite under ripe with a green stem. However, when I rap on the side, it sounds hollow. So, I cut it open and…ahhhh. The amazingly fresh scent. So perfectly juicy. Soft enough to cut off the rind with a butter knife. The lightly sweet taste is one of the best. It really tastes like summer.

One cup of cantaloupe is low in calories and high in vitamin C, vitamin A, and potassium, just to name a few benefits. Cantaloupes have a good amount of fiber and a high water content to help quench thirst and rehydrate, especially helpful on a hot day.

Some people shake a bit of salt on their melon and swear salt enhances sweetness. I think it tastes great alone or in a fruit salad. One of the best summer dinners I’ve ever had was a creamy Gorgonzola cheese sauce tossed with cantaloupe and pasta. So easy, with a bit of sweet and savory in every bite. Ever had a bowl of cubed cantaloupe with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream? Delicious.

Spring is heating up. Summer is right around the corner. Keep it simple and eat lots of yummy cantaloupe.