What is the difference between muskmelon and Cantaloupe?
Plant Characteristics – Muskmelon (Cucumis melo 'reticulatus') is commonly known in the trade as a cantaloupe. However, no cantaloupes are actually grown commercially in the United States, only muskmelons. Cantaloupes (Cucumis melo 'cantaloupensis') are a rough warty fruit while muskmelon have the characteristic netting on the fruit rind.
The melon that Americans call cantaloupe is truly a muskmelon. True cantaloupes are mainly grown in Europe and have a rough, warty surface quite different from the melons grown in the United States. The American "cantaloupe" is the most nutritious melon of all and is related to the squash family, somewhere between the winter and summer squash in terms of nutrition.