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What’s Dippin in the Well: Cantaloupe Sorbet

Long summer days in the Pacific Northwest are heating up. Cool down with a scoop of our Cantaloupe Sorbet, returning for the first time this year in our Deli ice cream dip well. We keep it simple, by blending ripe organic cantaloupe with filtered water to create a refreshing treat. Our Cantaloupe Sorbet is naturally vegan and gluten free. Enjoy it by the scoop, pint or serve atop your favorite CRUST + CRUMBS baked goods.

Melon Trivia: Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a superstar of the melon world. It’s America’s most popular melon. Plus, cantaloupe’s a colorful source of vitamins C and A, as well as B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium and fiber. It’s also a hit in China, the country that produces the most of the all the world’s cantaloupe. Some other fun facts about this beloved melon:

  • Most U.S. cantaloupe is actually “reticulated muskmelon,” distinguished by its netted skin and strong, floral scent. Its European counterpart– the true cantaloupe– has ribbed pale green skin and looks very different from our cantaloupe.
  • While it’s origins are unclear, the name “cantaloupe” comes from the Italian Papal village of Cantalupo, where its seeds were planted after arriving from Armenia in the 16th century
  • According to the University of Illinois, the oldest illustrated reference to a cantaloupe dates back to 2400 B.C. in Egypt. Ancient records from Greece also make mention of the cantaloupe. We can thank Christopher Columbus for bringing along some muskmelon seeds on his voyage to the Americas, spreading cantaloupe cultivation to the “New World”.

Craving cantaloupe? Visit out Produce department for fresh, organic cantaloupe and other melons grown in the Pacific Northwest. Naturally sweet, melons also have a high water content, making them perfect for recovering from hot weather or outdoor activities. Make Fruit Flower Blossoms, Cantaloupe Salsa or Melon & Apple Granita. Organic Northwest cantaloupe is now on sale for $0.99 per pound.

By: Claire

ClaireClaire Harlock Garber loves to eat and drink and write about it. She has worked in the food industry for nearly a decade and was on staff at the Skagit Valley Co-op from 2010-2018, writing the regular columns Skagit Brew Corner, The Cheese Whisperer, The Bounty of Bulk, and What's Dippin' in the Well for the Co-op's blog, as well as articles for the Natural Enquirer newsletter.