When I was in the Bay Area at the beginning of the month, my stepmother came home one evening and raved about the dried canteloupe her friend had bought at Berkeley Bowl. Naturally, I was intrigued and had to try it, and just today found that my mother had tucked a few more pieces into a package she mailed me.
The dried cantaloupe is the same orange color as dried mango, and is as sugary as dried pineapple. The consistency is soft and chewy, almost like a gummy candy. The taste is intriguing; if you know what it is, you can identify the melon-ness of it, but it does not taste as if you're biting into cantaloupe. It's a sweet, frangrant fruitiness that's a bit elusive. I gave a piece to a friend today and she couldn't figure out what it was. Come to think of it, between the texture and the taste, it reminds me a bit of those Kasugai fruit gummies made with fruit juice.
It's in the bulk section at Berkeley Bowl (on the top row), and I've certainly never seen it anywhere else.