Of the many melon types, honeydew melons
contain the most vibrant taste. From the cultivar's family of
muskmelons, honeydew melons exist in quite a few varieties such as
the Crenshaw, Casaba (coming from Kasaba, an urban area in Turkey),
Winter and Persian. Honeydew melons offer among the best choices for
a quick bite, particularly for those who have always wanted to live
a healthy way of life.
It was actually Marco Polo who initially found out the Persian
people drying honeydew melons to increase their fragrance and taste.
Sliced honeydew melons along with seeds help make a great snack. Not
only that, the fruit may be dried and stored like raisins and the
seeds of the fruit may be roasted. Honeydew melons may also be used
to prepare lip-smacking kebabs!
Health Benefits of Eating Honeydew Melons
Honeydew melons contain potassium. Potassium helps keep your own
muscles from cramping.
The fresh fruit is the good supply of folic acid for ladies of
childbearing age since it is proven to protect against birth
Honeydew melon is an ideal food for those who would like to
weight as well as for those who would like to enhance their health
since it is very low in sodium, non-fat, non-cholesterol and low in
calories. Calories of honeydew melon are so low that a cup of
honeydew melon contains only 60 kcalories.
Honeydew melons hold lots of water which helps to keep us
The fruit is a superb source of vitamin C, a solid antioxidant.
Antioxidants of honeydew melon can assist in preventing quite a
number of illnesses.
Buying Guides of Honeydew Melons
Quality of honeydew melon depends upon the fruit with an almost
perfect spherical shape and a smooth skin without any defects.
Honeydew should be heavy due to its size and feature a waxy surface.
The honeydew melons that weigh around 2.2 kg, with creamy
yellow-colored stem ends which is a bit soft when pressed, will
almost certainly be the best and sweetest tasting.
Stay away from melons which are as tough as bowling balls as its
flesh can also be tough. The hardness could be due to premature
Storage Tips of Honeydew Melons
Uncut honeydew melons may be stored at normal temperature for 2-4
days or even until ripe.
Ripe fruit may be refrigerated for an extra five days.
Sliced melons ought to be put in a sealed container and cooled for a
maximum of three days. Remember that honeydews have a very strong
odor which will fill some other foods.
Honeydew Melon vs Cantaloupe
Many people may not be able to recognize the difference between the
two fruits from the same muskmelon family. Health benefits of
cantaloupe are almost similar to those of honeydew. However,
cantaloupe has twice higher vitamin C than honeydew and 67 times
more beta-carotene. On the other hand, honeydew is very much
Recipes of Honeydew Melon
Here is one of the recipes of honeydew melon and cantaloupe:
Name of Recipe: Beach Body Fruit Soup
Combine pitted and chopped fresh peach, 6 hulled fresh strawberries,
1 cored and chopped apple, 1/2 peeled, seeded and cubed cantaloupe,
and 1/2 peeled, seeded, and cubed honeydew melon in an electric
mixer. Blend for 30 seconds until becomes slightly chunky. Add in
1/4 cup cream of coconut, 1 tsp fresh ground nutmeg, 2 tsp of honey,
and 2 tbsp fresh lime juice and continue to blend until smooth.
Scoup the mixture evenly into 6 serving bowls. Scattered with some
blueberries if you wish and serve cold.