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When the cantaloup melon was introduced into Europe from Armenia, it was apparently first cultivated at Cantaluppi, a former summer estate of the popes near Rome. Charles VIII brought it from Italy to France in the fifteenth century, and the name cantaloup became attached to it in French. Britain does not seem to have acquired the fruit until the early eighteenth century—the first record of it in English (somewhat idiosyncratically spelled) is in the 1739 edition of Philip Miller's Gardener's Dictionary: ‘The Cantaleupt Melon: … the Flesh … is of a rich vinous Flavour.’ The cantaloup has a distinctive ribbed skin and reddish-orange flesh.

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