Hales Best Cantaloupe: ( 80 Days ) Fruits are oval-shaped and weigh 3 to 4 lbs with exceptional flavor. It has very thick, sweet salmon-pink flesh with a small seed cavity. Rind is reasonably thin, with heavy netting and a slight ribbed shape. Grows and stays sweet in a wide variety of conditions, particularly drought. Developed in California around 1920. Talk to old timers and they still swear by Hale's Best.