Most American’s are raised thinking that the fruit above is a Cantaloupe, but it isn’t. What you see above is a Muskmelon (Cucumis melo ‘reticulatus’) which is sold in the United States as Cantaloupe. So what does a real cantaloupe look like? A real cantaloupe, also known as European Cantaloupe (Cucumis melo cantalupensis) is shown below.
European Cantaloupe has a smooth skin which is much harder than American muskmelon. Cantaloupe also has a more subtle flavor and it is not commercially grown in the United States, mainly due to the fact that the muskmelon is easier to grow and has a stronger taste. If you want a real European Cantaloupe you are either going to have to hunt for a local farmer that grows them or you will have to find them in Europe and/or Mediterranean countries.