I love the milder green color of the cantaloupe leaves. The vines seem so polite compared to the squashes. This, like the Japanese eggplant, is from a friend's garden. I've never tried cantaloupe, although I have some seeds and may give it a chance next year. It needs a lot of room - maybe its own garden bed. We ate one of these cantaloupes last night - it was so much better than what you get at the grocery store, simply amazing.