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Cantaloupe and Honeydew: Melons Are In Season!

on May 8, 2012

You might have already noticed when you visited the market the last time, but in case you did not, melons are in season.  Not only are they low in calories, but they contain the highest amount of Vitamin A that can be found in a fruit, an abundance of Vitamin C, B Vitamins, and beta-ceratine, which make melons the perfect go-to fruit for the spring!

How To Select:

Honeydew:

-Choose well shaped honeydew melons that are nearly spherical.

-Should have a waxy, not fuzzy surface and feel
heavy for size.

Cantaloupe:

-It is difficult to judge ripeness and taste without checking the wedge section of the melon. Look for one that feel heavy for its size with a rind that is clean, and is neither overly shiny nor overly dull, without any cuts or bruises on the surface that might have occurred while transporting the fruit.

-Cantaloupes emanates rich, sweet, musky aroma that can be appreciated from a distance.

How To Prepare:

– Make sure you remove all skin from the outside as well as the seeds in the middle.  The center looks very similar to a pumpkin.

– You can use a melon baller to scoop out the flesh, cut into cubes, or cut into slices while leaving the peel on to make it easier to hold.

Here is a great How-To video for cutting all melons

Storage:

– Sliced melon can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

– Uncut melon should be stored in the fridge as well or a dark cool place in the kitchen.

– It is very important to keep all cut melon in the fridge.

– Cantaloupe can contain Salmonella, so it is important to throughly wash the melon before serving.

Easy Ways To Add Melon To Your Diet:

– Throw a few pieces into a smoothie

– Add them to your fruit salad

– Make a jam that includes melons, especially Cantaloupe

– Add slices to your oatmeal or granola

Sources:

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/cantaloupe.html

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/honeydew

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