Cantaloupe Quality Indices



Well-shaped nearly spherical and uniform in appearance. Smooth stem end with no adhering peduncle which suggests premature harvest. Absence of scars, sunburn or surface defects. Firm with no evidence of bruising or excessive scuffing. Appears heavy for size and has firm internal cavity without loose seeds or liquid accumulation. U.S. grades are Fancy, No. 1, Commercial and No. 2. Distinction among grades is based predominantly on external appearances and measured soluble solids. Federal Grade Standards specify a minimum of 11% soluble solids for U.S. Fancy and 9% soluble solids for U.S. 1. A calibrated refractometer, measuring oBrix, is accepted as the current standard for soluble solids measurements.