Cantalupo was the original version of our word today. Cantalupo is an Italian word, but we know the French version, cantaloupe. Cantaloupe = canta (sing) + loupe (wolf). Hmmm… why?
Cantaloupes were introduced from Armania to the countryseat of the Pope, a region known as Cantalupo, just outside of Rome. Cantalupo was were wolves gathered and sang, so they say. The name stuck as the melon traveled the world, even though the melon itself has no relation to wolves or singing. Often foods are named after the place they came from. Can you think of an example of this?