Muskmelon/ Cantaloupe/Kharbooja Benefits For Health, Skin,Hair Muskmelon or cantaloupe is one of the seasonal fruits which are easily available to all during summers. The arrival of summers is confirmed with the arrival of these tasty and healthy Kharboojas. The Scientific Name is Cucumis melo var. Cantalupensis. It is commonly called as Kharbooja in Hindi, Karbooja Hannu in Kannada, In Tamil it is known as Mulampalam, in telugu they call it Kharbuja, in kannada they call it Kharbuja and popular with other names like Rock melon, Sweet melon, Persian melon etc.
Cantaloupe is a type of melon and belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. Other fruits and vegetables from this family are squash, pumpkin, cucumber, gourd, etc. It has a light yellow to orange color, sometimes with a deeper salmon hue and like most melons it also grows on the ground surface as a trailing vine.
A ripen one has a round or oblong shape, sweet and juicy pulp inside and proper seeds can be seen inside it. This fruit is full of essential Vitamins and minerals. Dietary Fibers and folic acid which are really important in a healthy diet are present in ample amounts.
There are many varieties of cantaloupe available all over the world the two most common ones are North American Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo reticulatus) and European Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo cantalupensis). The first type is popular in the United States and is named reticulatus as it has a reticulated skin. These type of melons have a sweet pale green succulent flesh inside and are round in shape. The second type of cantaloupe gets its name from the Italian papal village of Cantalup and has a lightly ribbed pale green skin.
It is an exotic fruit and we will discuss the various benefits of Cantaloupe in this article.