Cantaloupe melon is a sweet and juicy fruit that is typically eaten raw. It is a good source of vitamin C and potassium, as well as other beneficial plant compounds. Cantaloupe melon has a round or oval shape, with a ribbed exterior and a salmon-colored flesh. It can be eaten on its own or added to fruit salads, smoothies, or other desserts. When selecting a cantaloupe melon, look for one that is symmetrical, with a firm, but slightly yielding skin that has a sweet aroma. The skin should be free from bruises, cracks, or soft spots. Store whole cantaloupe melons at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to a few days once it is cut. To prepare a cantaloupe melon, cut off both ends, stand it upright, slice down the middle, and then cut into wedges or cubes.