Years ago, when the taste buds were forming, various members of the family were enthralled with a sort of melon called cantaloupe. It’s orange flesh beckoned to many of the adults. The kids got a melon fix after dinner in the driveway with the red-fleshed variety called watermelon. The lure of watermelon, of course, was seeing just how far one could spit the seeds. That it is loaded with vitamin C and potassium was a side benefit.
Little did all of us know that the third of the melon family, the one that is disdained by more people than not, is actually the nutritional superstar of the lot. Honeydew melon, the fruit with the green flesh is loaded with all sorts of good things.
Like most fruit, honeydew has vitamin C. Unlike most fruit, it is LOADED with the compound. One cup of honeydew gives the eater a third of the day’s recommended intake of vitamin C which is essential to a healthy immune system.
The B vitamins are sometimes forgotten when looking at full panels of nutrition, but they should not be. Each has specific functions, and Vitamin B-6 is the one that is instrumental in the production of enzymes and serotonin. Honeydew is a source of several other B vitamins as well.
Like all fruits and vegetables, course honeydew has potassium which is essential to human health. A single cup provides about eight percent of the daily amount needed.
Honeydew melon is also a source of copper, as well as low calorie in comparison to bananas and other starch heavy fruits. It is hydrating and goes well with so many other foods.
So why not add honeydew melon to the cycle of fruits in the diet. It stacks up against its melon relatives quite well.