Melons, like their cousins, the cucumber, come from the cucurbit family. The United States is currently one of the world leaders in melon consumption, with approximately 27 pounds of melons consumed per capita. While there are hundreds of varieties of melons, the three most popular strains in America are Watermelons, Cantaloupes, and Honeydews.
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Order: Cucurbitales
- Family: Cucurbitaceae
- Genus: Citrullus (Watermelon), Cucumis (Cantaloupe, Honeydew)
- Species: Citrullus lanatus (Watermelon), Cucumis melo var. cantalupensis (Cantaloupe), Cucumis melo L. (Inodorus Group) ‘Honey Dew.’
- Binomial name: Varies