Honeydew melon: healthy vitamin bomb

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Whether melon, watermelon, cantaloupe melon or Galiamelone - the selection of different types of melons in the supermarket is great. The honeydew melon is easily recognizable by its bright yellow color and is perfect for a refreshing snack, especially on hot summer days: Due to its high water content, this melon has only a few calories (kcal), but still has a fruity aroma and a sweetish taste. Although their fructose content can range up to ten percent, honeydew melons are healthy because they have lots of vitamins and minerals.

Honeydew melons: high water content, high fructose content

The high water content of about 85 to 90 percent ensures the juicy taste of honeydew melon. He makes them especially in the summer to a welcome refreshment and a delicious thirst quencher. And because of their high water content, honeydew melons have hardly any calories, 100 grams contain only about 50 kcal.

Note, however, the high fructose content of sweet melon: this means that the honeydew melon has significantly more calories than, for example, the watermelon. Watermelons just bring it to about 24 kcal per 100 grams.

Honeydew melons are rich in vitamin A.

Nevertheless, the yellow melon is healthy, because the ingredients of the honeydew melon include numerous vitamins: In addition to vitamins B1, B2 and C, it contains mainly provitamin A. This provitamin is converted in the body to vitamin A and plays for cell growth and for the visual process important role. 150 grams of honeydew melon already cover the daily requirement of vitamin A completely, the same portion of this type of melon corresponds to half the daily requirement of vitamin C.

In addition, the honeydew melon also contains a variety of minerals:

  • potassium
  • calcium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • magnesium
  • phosphorus

Honeydew melon: ripe or not ripe?

Honey melons can up to four kilograms heavy be and are easily recognized by their yellow color. The eye-catching color has given the melon the name "Yellow Canary".

However, the exterior does not give any indication of the degree of ripeness of the honeydew melon. This is often difficult to recognize: a smooth, not too hard shell, which gives way to pressure indicates a ripe melon. In addition, a ripe honeydew melon is also on her slightly sweetish smell recognize.

How do I save a honeydew melon?

Once bought, the melon should be added room temperature be stored, but after being cut in plastic wrap packed in the refrigerator be repealed.

Delicious recipes with honeydew melon

Those looking for a refreshing snack will quickly find what they are looking for in a recipe with honeydew melon: whether it's honeydew melon with prosciutto as a tasty appetizer, or with other fruits as a low-calorie fruit salad for dessert or as a sorbet - the honeydew melon can be used in a variety of forms enjoy a refreshing snack.

Before eating, cut the melon in half and remove the seeds with a spoon. Then it is cut into columns, depending on the purpose, the shell can then be removed.

Face mask with honeydew melon

If you want to use this type of melon quite differently, you can also use the pulp to conjure up a facial mask. Because the vitamin E contained in the honeydew melon works moisturizing for our skin. Simply puree the flesh of the melon and let it soak in for about 20 minutes.

Origin and relationship

The cantaloupe and cantaloupe melons are one of the three major subgroups of the Muskmelon. The sugar melon belongs to the Family of cucurbits and is thus botanically not a fruit. The sugar melon is more closely related to the cucumber than the watermelon, which, however, also belongs to the family of cucurbits.

Honeydew melons are native to tropical and subtropical West Africa. In Egypt, the first melons were grown and consumed 4000 years ago. Later, the honeydew melon spread to Asia and eventually reached Spain by Spanish sailors.

Due to the large distribution area, we can enjoy the healthy honey melon all year round in Germany: During the summer months, our honeydew melons come mainly from Spain, in winter they are imported mainly from Brazil and Costa Rica.

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