I can see you reading this and thinking "what the hell is wrong with you? Why would you rate this subpar fruit so high?" Here, I have to explain that I grew up in France where cantaloupes are an integral part of summer. We eat them almost every day and pair them with prosciutto and sometimes Porto wine. It's THE BOMB. Now, I haven't found a single good cantaloupe in New York in the past six years. And I know that, like honeydew melons, they're mostly known as a lesser fruit in a mediocre fruit salad on this side of the Atlantic. But believe me when I say, great cantaloupes are life-changing and deserve some recognition.