Other Name: Muskmelon, melon
Cantaloupe is a type of melon that belongs to the cucumber family. It is usually oblong or round in shape and weighs up-to 5 kg. The fruit has a rough covering with yellow-orange flesh. Cantaloupe is usually eaten as dessert fruit, salad and made into refreshing smoothie.
Health Benefits of Cantaloupe Melon:
- Cantaloupe is beneficial in improving lung health for smokers.
- Cantaloupe is high in vitamin A which can help in preventing cataract and correcting eye related problem.
- Cantaloupe is beneficial for fever; just eat 250-500 grams of the fresh fruit in the morning and in the evening.
- Cantaloupe is used in China to treat hepatitis.
- Cantaloupe can help in weight loss because it is high in fiber.
- Cantaloupe can help thin the blood lessening the risk of heart attacks and stroke.
- Cantaloupe can help reduce stress because it normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain.
- Cantaloupe is sometimes used to induce menstruation and cantaloupe juice can also be use during menstruation to help reduce heavy flow and clots.
- Cantaloupe rich potassium content can also help prevent and relieve muscular cramps.
Nutrient Content of Cantaloupe: Per 100gm.
- Vitamin A: 3,420 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .05mg.; Riboflavin .04mg.; Niacin .5mg.
- Vitamin C: 33mg.
- Calcium: 17mg.
- Iron: .4mg.
- Phosphorus: 242mg.
- Fat: .2gm.
- Carbohydrates: 4.6gm.
- Protein: .6gm.
- Calories: 20
Buying Tip: Choose Cantaloupe by the color and firmness of their rind, and by fragrance. Look also for those that are heavy for their size, which means it contains lots of juice. Ripe Cantaloupes should have a yellow color on the skin between the webbing. Avoid any fruits with bruised or soft spots.
Storage Tip: Unripe fruits can be stored on the kitchen counter to ripen; once ripe, they should be kept in the refrigerator.
- Cantaloupe doesn’t develop any additional sugar after they are picked. This melon should be picked when it is still hard and pulls off the vine easily.
- You can improve the eating quality of a firm, uncut cantaloupe by leaving it at room temperature for two to four days; the fruit will not become sweeter, but it will turn softer and juicier.
- Deeply colored flesh of cantaloupe denotes that it will be high in vitamin A.
- Melons, with their root system, pick up water from deep, in-ground reserves, and bring it to our tables in a delicious fruit substance.
“This post was originally posted on December 11, 2011 @ 22:03”