How to Choose MelonsRipe melons should yield to gentle pressure from your thumbs at the stalk end and have a fragrant, slightly sweet scent. If they smell highly perfumed and musky, they will probably be over-ripe. A melon should feel heavy for its size and the skin should not be bruised or damaged.
Benefits of Melons
- Rich in Nutrients
- May Help Reduce Blood Pressure
- Contains Nutrients Vital to Bone Health
- May Improve Blood Sugar Control
- Rich in Electrolytes and Water
- May Support Healthy Skin
How to Store MelonsMelons will ripen quickly at room temperature and should be eaten within two or three days.
How to Eat MelonsBest eaten alone, rather than with other fruits, and served slightly cold. Melons can be eaten as a starter, sometimes accompanied by wafer-thin prosciutto or cured meats. In the Mediterranean, melons and watermelons are often served as dessert fruit on their own, but sometimes appear as part of a fruit salad.
Nutrients and CaloriesThey contain calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, vitamins A and C, and beta-carotene.
Tips and Notes
Honeydew melon is made up of mostly water but also contains electrolytes that may hydrate you more effectively than just water alone.