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Cantaloupe Grading Guide

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A USDA Fancy Cantaloupe is:

 
Very Good Internal Quality 11% Soluble Solids
Uniform Appearance
One Type

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Mature
Well Formed
Well Netted
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A USDA Fancy Cantaloupe is free from:

     
Overripe
Soft or wilted
Decay
     
Wet slip
Sunscald
Liquid in the seed cavity
   
Sunburn
Hail
Dirt

Photo source: USDA/AMS Fruit and Vegetable Programs

Surface mold or other disease
Aphids or other insects
Scars
    GroundSpot
Cracks
Sunken Areas
Ground Spot
    
Bruises
Mechanical or other means

C. Gunter and E. Maynard, Purdue University. 2006. Based on US Standards for Grades of Cantaloupes, 06-30-68 as reprinted 01-97. Page last revised 07-12-06.

This project made possible by financial assistance from Indiana's Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Value-Added Research Grant Program.

 

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Grading Guide: Cantaloupe
Criteria for USDA Fancy Cantaloupe

Characteristics of a USDA Fancy Cantaloupe:

Very Good Internal Quality
Uniform Appearance
One Type
Mature
The combined juice from the edible portion of a sample of cantaloupes selected at random contains not less than 11 percent soluble solids as determined by an approved hand refractometer
Not more than one-tenth of the packages in any lot contain cantaloupes which show sufficient variation in shape, size, ground color or netting to materially detract from the appearance of the contents of the individual packages
The cantaloupes in any container are similar in color of flesh and are not decidedly different in shape, character of netting and prominence of ribbing
The cantaloupe has reached the stage of maturity which will insure the proper completion of the normal ripening process.

USDA Fancy Cantaloupe does not have any:

Overripe
Wet Slip
Sunscald
A condition present at time of packing in which the stem scar is abnormally large, excessively wet and slippery, yields to slight pressure, and is frequently accompanied by fresh radial growth cracks at the edge of the stem scar.
Discolored or bleached, sunken areas of the surface having tough epidermis with underlying flesh leathery and usually off-color.

Created by C. Gunter and E. Maynard, Purdue University 2006. Based on US Standards for Grades of Cantaloupes, 06-30-68 as reprinted 01-1997. Page last revised 07-06-06.

This project made possible by financial assistance from Indiana's Office of the Commissioner of Agriculture, Value-Added Research Grant Program.

 

 

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