Fruits are one of the healthiest things in the world. The green leafy vegetables count for health benefits but how can we compare the taste between the two. Today we are going to talk about the health benefits of melons.
Melons are a type of fruit that belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and grow on vines that sprawl across the ground or can be kept upright with support. These plants are not typically attractive in their own right but are widely cultivated for the delicious fruits they produce. They have been grown for over 4,000 years as an important food source in areas such as Egypt and Africa.
There are about 20 types of melon but we will discuss the top 7 types and health benefits of melons.
Watermelons have an extremely high water content, somewhere in the region of 90%, and this is where their name comes from. The high water content makes for a refreshing snack in the summer, and because of its large size, it remains cool even after being removed from the refrigerator.
Watermelons are a very popular fruit and are widely cultivated around the world for consumers. China accounts for 70% of watermelon production. It contains Nitrous oxide which helps in dilating blood vessels and is good in people with high blood pressure and Coronary artery disease.
Two types of melon are commonly referred to as ‘cantaloupe.’ are the European Cantaloupe and the North American Cantaloupe. Both types of cantaloupe have sweet-tasting orange flesh, which is commonly consumed as a healthy breakfast, in a fruit salad, or as a dessert. Cantaloupes are full of Anti Oxidants which helps in people with Atherosclerosis and are thus used worldwide for their health benefits
- Honeydew Melon:
People asked, what are the health benefits of honeydew melon so honeydews are used worldwide for their refreshing sweet taste and because of their health benefits. Honeydews are rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin B and are very low in calories. The seeds are also quite tasty and can be eaten raw or roasted.
The plant itself is very easy to grow as long as you have several months of warm weather in succession each year.
- Santa Claus Melon:
Another melon from the Inodorus variety of melons, this cultivar is native to Spain and is also commonly known as the Christmas Melon. The fruit has a dark green outer rind with stripes, while the flesh is pale green-white.
The taste is comparable to that of the honeydew melon, being mild and sweet. This melon is widely cultivated in the US, Spain, and South America. In California, it is harvested at the end of summer, but the fruit is widely available all year round as it has a long shelf life of around 6 months, hence why it became known as the Christmas Melon, because it was said to last until Christmas.
- Armenian Cucumber:
This fruit is botanically a melon, though it tastes and looks similar to a cucumber. It was cultivated in the 1400s and grown in countries throughout western Asia, including Egypt and Armenia. It might not be the best taste of all melons but it just seems fun to put some interesting facts about the melon family and that is the cucumber-like melon
- Canary melon:
Canary melons are from the inodorous variety of musk melons, a group that also includes honeydews, Crenshaw, and cannabis. Canary melons, as implied by the name, have bright yellow skin and are often mistakenly called honeydew melons, though they are much tangier than true honeydews.
- Winter melon:
At last in our list of melons, we have winter melon. This melon gets its name from the fact that it has an exceptionally long shelf life, and although it is produced in the summer, it is still suitable for eating in the winter. Its longevity is down to its waxy skin, which helps to keep the inner flesh fresh. The waxy skin only develops once the fruit is ripe, with young winter melons having a hairy and fuzzy rind.
Note: A good source of water, melon juice is also a great source of vitamins and minerals. Studies have shown that melon juice can help you recover from seasonal allergies.
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