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Supposedly first grown at the castle at Cantalupo, near Rome , in Italy. As this was a Papal palace, it is possible this ties up with the above story of Pope Paul 11 - although the name itself dates from the mid 18th century. Cantaloupes are round in shape, and among the best melons, having a definite musky-sweet fragrance. They are distinguishable by the veining on their rind which stands out clearly against a yellowish-grey background; and their flesh is orange-coloured. In the U.S.A, what is known as Cantaloupe isn"t the true variety, but a "Nutmeg" or "Muskmelon" - not often seem in Europe.