Cantaloupe: Storing, Health Benefits & Fun facts
Want to control your weight? Eat cantaloupe! Potassium-rich cantaloupe has been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke. It contains a relatively high amount of water, fiber, and is low in calories.
So, the next time you go shopping and need to pick a deliciously sweet fruit, this melon is a must. A large cantaloupe has only 277 calories, which is way less than most desserts and a lot more than you can eat.
How to pick a cantaloupe
A true cantaloupe has more of a warty, rough skin and can be as small as a softball and as large as a volleyball.
Storing Fresh Melon
It’s recommended to keep whole melons out of the refrigerator, especially if it needs a few days to ripen. It’s advised to wash the exterior under running water just before eating as melons have a tendency to mold. Store any leftover cut melon in a container in the refrigerator without the rind to minimize the risk of cross-contamination.
High in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, mineral potassium, and antioxidants, cantaloupe is a low-calorie food that keeps your bones, eyes, and immune system healthy.
It is named after Cantalupo, a town near Rome, where melon seeds from Armenia were grown on papal estates, probably around the early 16th century, according to Waverley Root in his compendium “Food.”