ABC SUPERFOODS: H is for Honeydew Melon

Honeydew Melon

Looking for a low-calorie snack that will curb your sugar cravings? Try honeydew melon! A mere cup contains about 34% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, which aids in keeping your skin from aging and boosts immunity. One cup also contains 8% of the recommended daily intake of potassium, which serves to decrease high blood pressure. Additionally, eating one cup of this fruit provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B-6. This fruit contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, providing women with 6% of the recommended daily intake when they eat one cup.Try replacing sports drinks with honeydew melon in order to keep you hydrated and to avoid harmful preservatives and sugars. Honeydew melon is especially beneficial for the pregnant woman and growing infant.

At the Market
-Choose a melon that has either a creamy white or pale cream rind.
-A good melon will feel heavy for its size when you pick it up.
-The melon should have a nice, fragrant smell from the blossom end.
-If you hear juice and seeds sloshing inside when you shake the melon, this is an indication it is overripe.

In the Kitchen
-Store in the refrigerator.
-If you cut the melon into chunks before storing, wrap tightly with plastic (to avoid the drying out the melon) and/or place in a container to keep them hidden from light exposure (which break down the fruit’s vitamins).
-Cut into quarters and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.


Honeydew and Blueberry Salad

1 honeydew melon
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 strips lemon rind (1″ x 1/2″ each)
1/4 cup raspberry vinegar
2 tsp sugar (or sugar substitute)


Cut the honeydew in half, scoop out the seeds, and remove the flesh from the rind; discard the rind. Cut the flesh into 3/4″ cubes. Place in a large glass bowl. Add the blueberries and lemon rind.

In a small bowl, combine the vinegar and sugar. Whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Pour over the fruit and toss gently. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Toss gently to mix. Remove and discard the lemon rind. To serve, remove the honeydew and blueberries with a slotted spoon.
Makes 8 servings.

(Recipe taken from Food Remedies).

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