Honeydew Vs Cantaloupe


You may have seen fresh cubed melons in the supermarket aisle and wondered about the difference between the salmon-orange and the green melons. Both are delicious and sweet and are in fact, two different melons – honeydew melon and cantaloupe. So, let’s find out who’s the winner in the battle of honeydew vs cantaloupe.

Honeydew Vs Cantaloupe

To begin with, honeydew and cantaloupe are melons which belong to the gourd family (Cucurbitaceae). [1] But there are a few differences. Honeydew melon is the pastel green-colored melon, with a sweet, juicy taste whereas cantaloupe is salmon-orange and is slightly less sweet.

Originating from West Africa, honeydew melon has a smooth rind. Cantaloupes have rough-netted skin. Both melons are available worldwide and are popular especially during the summer season. The melons can be used as a quick smoothie or a cool DIY drink for the summers. They can also be used in salads, snacks, or eaten by themselves. Honeydew melon is used in desserts and to make soups. Usually, cantaloupe is paired with Parma ham or prosciutto as a summer classic in Italy.


Honeydew and cantaloupe have comparable nutrient profiles. So which one you choose naturally depends on your preference. Cantaloupe and honeydew provide free-radical scavenging antioxidants and several health-promoting vitamins that aid in fighting diseases.

According [2] to the United States Department of Agriculture and National Nutrient Database, 1 cup (170g) of diced honeydew melon provides:

• Energy: 61 calories
• Proteins: 0.92g
• Carbohydrates: 15.45g
• Sugar, total: 13.80g

Good: It is a good source of vitamin B6, folate, potassium, and also an excellent source of vitamin C. This fruit is low in sodium and very low in saturated fat and cholesterol.

Bad: A large portion of the calories come from sugars.


Let’s have a look at how cantaloupe fares at the calorie intake. [3] 1 cup (156g) of diced cantaloupe provides:

Source Organic FActs
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