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Muskmelons’ Production in Australia (2019)

Muskmelons’ Production in Australia (2019)


Muskmelons’ Production in Australia (2019)


Muskmelons are a variety of fruit that houses two subtypes. One of these variants is rockmelons, whereas the other one is honey dew melons. Production of this particular type of melon occurs all across Australia. Thus, they are available all year-round for consumption.


As of June 2019:

  1. In Australia, 34% of the citizens purchased this fruit while on their shopping trip. Thus, the average amounts to 1.1 kg per trip.
  2. The wholesale value of the fresh supply amounted to $63.2 million. Out of this $50.6 million was distributed into retail, and $12.6 million was reserved for food service.
  3. The supply per capita was recorded at 1.79 kg, based on the volume that was supplied.
  4. 61,280 tonnes of muskmelons were produced and valued at $74.5 million.

Major Muskmelon Production Areas

Muskmelons are predominantly grown in all states across the nation. However, the majority of this production occurs in the northern Australian states. Some of the major producing areas are the Darwin region in the Northern Territory; Cowra and Riverina in New South Wales; the Riverland region in South Australia and Sunraysia in Victoria.

Muskmelons Vs. Canteloupes

This fruit is also known as Cucumis melo, is a species of melon that belongs to the gourd family. It’s closely related to other plants like squash, pumpkin, zucchini, and watermelon. Given that both types of cantaloupe are a variety of muskmelon, their nutritional contents and health benefits are similar.

However, the skin of the North American cantaloupe has a net-like appearance and a subtler, less distinct flavor. Meanwhile, the European cantaloupe has light green skin and sweeter flesh.While all cantaloupes are muskmelons, not all muskmelons are cantaloupes.

muskmelons production be region

Fresh Muskmelons Production by State

muskmelon production by state

Fresh Muskmelons International Trade

Australia is primarily considered to be a net exporter of melons. The nation typically exports approximately 12,000 to 14,000 tonnes of this fruit every year. As of June 2019, Australia has exported around 14,143 tonnes.

international trade of muskmelons

 Article by : Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)