Honeydew melon: healthy vitamin bomb

Be it honeydew melon, watermelon, cantaloupe melon or galia melon - 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 a welcome refreshment and a delicious thirst quencher, especially in summer. 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 count 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 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?

Honeydew melons can weigh up to four kilograms and are easily recognizable by their yellow color. The eye-catching color has given the melon the name "Yellow Canary".

However, the exterior leaves no indication of the degree of ripeness of the honeydew melon. This is often difficult to recognize: A smooth, not too hard shell that gives way to pressure on something points to a ripe melon. In addition, a ripe honeydew melon can also be recognized by its slightly sweet smell.

How do I save a honeydew melon?

Once purchased, the honeydew melon should be stored at room temperature, but after being cut in plastic wrap, it should be stored in the refrigerator.

Delicious recipes with honeydew melon

Those looking for a refreshing snack will quickly find what they are looking for with a recipe with honeydew melon: Whether it's honeydew melon with prosciutto as a delicious appetizer, served with other fruits as a low-calorie fruit salad for dessert or as 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 intended use, 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 make a facial mask out of the pulp. Because the vitamin E contained in the honeydew melon moisturizes our skin. Simply puree the flesh of the melon and let it soak in for about 20 minutes.

Origin and relationship

The honeydew melon forms one of the three major subgroups of the sugar melon in addition to the cantaloupe melons and netted melons. The sugar melon belongs to the family of cucurbits and is therefore not a botanical fruit. The sugar melon is more closely related to the cucumber than the watermelon, which, however, also belongs to the family of cucurbitaceae.

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

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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