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Everything You Ever You Wanted To Know About Melons!

on May 28, 2013

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One of THE best things about summer (in addition to longer days, warmer weather and beach holidays) is the amazing abundance of sweet seasonal fruits it brings us. One of my and my children’s favorites are melons! Honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelons are natures candy! They are hydrating, sweet and packed with nutrition! Here’s a quick guide on how to pick, store and enjoy these all summer long.

**When preparing melons, always wash the outside thoroughly with cold water and do not use the same knife that you used to cut the surface, to cut the inside. Melons can (on rare occassions) have salmonella on the surface, so it’s better to safe**

HONEYDEW MELONS
– Every bite has 50% RDA Vitamin C, Potassium, Copper and B Vitamins
– Pick a heavy one with a waxy, not fuzzy rind; it should be heavy and the surface should bounce back when pressed
– If melon is ripe, cut it and store in plastic wrap or air tight container; will last in refrigerator for about 4 days or can be frozen for 10-12 months (great for making smoothies or ice pops)

CANTALOUPE:
– Good source of Vitamin A, C, Folate and Potassium
– Pick a heavy one with a clean rind (no bruises or marks)
– If it is not ripe, you can speed up the process by storing them with pears or bananas
– After cutting melon, keep in refrigerator with seeds (as this helps keep it soft), keep in refrigerator for 3 days or freezer for 10-12 months

WATERMELON:
– Great source of Vitamin C, B Vitamins and Lycopene; good source of Potassium and Magnesium
– Watermelon are one of the least pesticide sprayed fruits, so you can buy it conventional
– So the trick to picking a great watermelon is to put your ear on it and knock — the sound should be hollow (not too hollow, but not solid)
– If you’re buying cut watermelon, color should be red/deep pink
– A whole watermelon can be stored outside the refrigerator, in a cool dark place — it will last much longer than in the refrigerator
– Cut and store the same way you would a cantaloupe

ENJOY!

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/honeydew-7-healthy-facts

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