Honeydew – the Forgotten Melon
With their pretty pastel green-colored flesh, honeydew can make for a great pop of color on an otherwise bland plate, but that’s not all the fruit is good for. Honeydew is an easily overlooked melon with a sweet flavor and a ton of health benefits worth considering next time you’re making a fruit salad or looking for a healthy dessert alternative or breakfast choice.
At only 48 calories per serving, it’s easy to justify having honeydew for a snack. Of course, it’s always important to look at other nutritional facts, too. One serving of honeydew accounts for about 40% of your daily recommended vitamin C intake, which provides great antioxident benefits to your body. One serving also accounts for about 8% of your recommended potassium intake when based upon the standard 2,000 calorie diet. For those with glucose issues, it is important to note that honeydew melon does have 11 grams of sugar per serving, so it’s something to avoid eating in excess you’re watching your blood sugar. With all the added health benefits of honeydew melon, however, it really does make a great alternative to processed sweets like ice cream or cake after a hearty, healthy meal.
When shopping for honeydew, look for melons that have smooth or waxy surfaces and minimal scarring or dents. Fuzzy surfaces could denote the growth of mold. The fruit should feel heavy for its size and be as round as possible. The skin color should be a creamy yellow. This is how quality is determined in the fruit. Be sure to store your honeydew at room temperature for a few days before cutting to ensure the best taste. When the melon is ripe, you should be able to smell the fruity scent. Once cut, Honeydew can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
How to Eat Honeydew
We’ve talked about honeydew as a dessert option, but it pairs well with many other things in even more savory ways. Try pairing your melon with chicken salad for a sweet touch to a classic favorite. It can also do well as an addition to cold soup or in a smoothing with other melons and citrus flavors.
For a more creative approach that is equally as simple, try this honeydew and mint salad from allrecipes.com as a side dish at your next dinner!
All you’ll need is:
-four cups of honeydew cut into one-inch cubes
-one tablespoon fresh lime juice
-3 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves and stems
-1/3 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
-your preferred sweetener to taste.
All you need to do is add the above ingredients in a large bowl, tossing gently to combine. Refridgerate for at least two hours prior to serving and you’ll have a treat everyone is sure to love.