Honeydew melons are thought to have originated in Persia. The use of these melons date back 2400 B.C. based on records found in ancient Egyptian tombs.
They were cultivated centuries ago in Algeria and Southern France and are cousins of the gourds. These melons are very hydrating fruit. A summer fruit that provides a refreshing treat because of its natural cooling effect. Also known as Honeymelon. It has a circular to a slightly oblong shape and about 22cm in diameter. They grow in warm soil and can thrive in semi-arid climates. When Honeydew ripens, it falls down from their vines and these melons are the sweetest. The flesh of the fruit is pale green to yellow and with lots of seeds concentrated in the middle. The ripe flesh has a sweet taste that is best eaten on its own. It has a small amount of natural sodium giving it a unique sweet and salty taste. Honeydew is approximately 90 percent water, making it a very ideal thirst quencher.
This melon can help prevent many diseases because of its high nutrient density. It is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin B complex, including calcium, zinc, phosphorus, copper, potassium and folate.
This superfruit can provide you with a myriad of health benefits. It is packed with vitamin C that a single serving gives out 34 percent of daily dosage required, very essential for building immunity system. It also helps in improving the level of collagen, which plays an important role in strengthening the blood vessels and skin tissues. Wrinkles and sagging skin are a sign of collagen deficiency.
It holds two important phytonutrients, lutein and zeaxanthin, with high enough level to reduce the risk of cataracts and other eye conditions. An ideal fruit for persons with hypertension because of its high potassium content, a very important mineral that counteracts the effects of table salt.
Consuming this fruit can help in relieving constipation and other digestive problems due the insoluble fibers it stores. It strengthens and help in the development of teeth and bones due to the high calcium amount it holds. An ideal fruit for pregnant women to include in their diet to benefit from the abundant nutrients it provide. The folate it contains helps prevent birth defects.
Honeydew is very low in calorie, cholesterol free and fat free. They are best in weight control programs because of their high volume of water and fiber.
For a refreshing summer drink, try mixing honeydew with sparkling water, adding a pinch of mint and ginger. It’s cool!
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