Vitamins and Minerals
Found Inside Honeydew Melons
All melons make delicious, creamy,
energy-boosting juices, but honeydew
melons (Cucumis melo) are, in my
humble opinion, the sweetest of the bunch. A great source
of vitamin C and provitamin A, potassium, zinc, and
valuable digestive enzymes, honeydew melons can be
both nutritious and delicious when juiced by
themselves. Here are a few of the questions we
attempt to answer about Honeydew Melons.
- What vitamins in Honeydew Melons
make Honeydew Melons so good for us?
- What is the best method for juicing Honeydew
- What are some great buying tips for Honeydew
Plus, we'll do our best to provide some general information
about Honeydew Melons that you might not find so easily
elsewhere on the Internet.
Let's begin our exploration of Honeydew
Vitamins and Minerals
in Honeydew Melons
Honeydew melons have similar nutritional benefits of summer
and winter squash with several key nutrients that are
particularly beneficial for healthy skin. Here is a snapshot of
the vitamins and minerals found in honeydew melons.
Vitamins in Honeydew Melons
- Vitamin C
- Pantothenic acid
- Vitamin B-6
- Folic acid
- Vitamin B-12
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
Minerals in Honeydew Melons
Although I prefer to eat honeydew melons, they can be used
to create a delicious skin tonic. The next time you think about
Honeydew Melons... think about how they might add a powerful
boost to your daily nutrition as a sweet fruit smoothie
or through juicing.
Tips for Juicing
Juicing honeydew melons can add both flavor and
valuable nutrients to most any home-juiced cocktail. Here are a
few tips for juicing honeydew melons that
may help turn your juicing experience into something you look
forward to and thoroughly enjoy.
First, I recommend you eat melon and drink melon juice by
itself because I believe, for their full food value, they
should be digested without interference from other foods.
When you juice melons, they can be excellent tonics to help
with elimination of waste from the body.
Juicing also extracts valuable vitamins and minerals from
the rind so that instead of getting about 5 percent of the
melon's nutritional benefits, you get 95 percent. That's quite
If you want to add just a dash of other flavor to your
honeydew melon juice, try juicing just a slice of lime with
for Buying Honeydew Melons
If you are unable to grow your own Honeydew Melons, then
here are a few tips for buying Honeydew Melons that may
help you get the freshest ingredients. We'll also include a few
storing tips for Honeydew Melons that you might find
Honeydew should have a soft, velvety texture to indicate
maturity and should be heavy for their size; overripe honeydew
can have a bitter flavor. The rind should have a creamy white
to yellow color, indicating ripeness.
Look for honeydew melons with skins that are covered with a
lightly patched netting and that have a discernible honey
aroma... you can "smell" its sweetness when properly ripe.
Honeydew melons that weigh about five pounds, have creamy
yellow stem ends that give ever so slightly when pressed, are
bound to be the sweetest and best-tasting.
Avoid melons that are as hard as bowling balls because they
will be hard on the inside, too. They were picked too early and
will not ripen.
Be sure to wash your honeydew melons before cutting them (as
you would any fruit) because bacteria can reside on the
Store honeydew melons at room temperature if you plan to eat
it soon, or refrigerate it for a few days.
Honeydew can be frozen by slicing the fruit
into cubes or slices and freezing it on a cookie sheet.
Transfer to freezer bags for long-term storage. Honeydew can
also be frozen with sugar or syrup.
About Honeydew Melons
This article wouldn't be complete if we didn't
include a little general information about Honeydew Melons.
While there is a great deal of historic
background on muskmelons as a species, there is little
specifically on the honey dew melon.
One of the earliest records of melons is found
in an Egyptian tomb dating from 2400 B.C.
It is believed that 40 or more non-cultivated
species of Cucumis are native to the tropics and sub-tropics of
Africa and there is no substantial evidence on record to show
that C. melo is an exception, but the plant has never
been found wild in the Mediterranean region, in Africa, in
India or the Indian archipelago.
Some experts agree that the Cucumis genus
"came from the tropics of the Old
Wouldn't it be amazing if they actually
originated from the mysterious Atlantis?
Charles VIII (1483-1498), king of France, is
said to have brought them to Northern Europe from Italy and
there are records from the days of Columbus that indicate
honeydew melons were in Spain before 1493.
"Honeydew" is in fact the American name for the
White Antibes cultivar which has been grown for many years in
southern France and Algeria.
In China, honeydews are known as the
Bailan melon; they are a locally famous
product near Lanzhou, the capital city of Gansu province in
Also in China, the melon is sometimes
called the "Wallace" after Vice President Wallace who
is said to have introduced the Honeydew Melon to China when he
brought seeds with him on one trip to the region. (Wallace was
VP under President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and also founder
of the major seed company called Pioneer HiBred.)
Be sure to check out both our
"Juicing" and our "Smoothies"
sections for delicious recipes and more using