Orange Honeydew Melon Selection Information | Nutritional Information | Tips & Trivia
Scientific Binomial Name: Cucumis melo
Just remove the seeds and slice one up. Orange flesh melons taste great all by themselves. They also make a great addition to fruit platters and salads or melon sorbets.
Also known as Temptation melons, good-quality Orange-flesh Honeydew melons will turn a creamy yellow color with a slight orange tinge and the skin will have a slightly waxy feel when ripe.
The skin will have a slightly waxy feel when the melon is ripe.
Finally, you can hear the seeds rattle inside a juicy melon when shaken. Often, melons will have a decidedly bleached side that rested on the soil - this does not affect the quality of the melon.
Avoid product with a rough stem end with portions of the stem remaining - this means the melon was harvested too early.
Product with green coloring, soft or sunken spots or dark and dirty spots that look moldy are all signs of poor quality.
Only refrigerate melons that have become too ripe or have been cut. Store whole ripe or cut melons between 40°F and 45°F. A whole ripe melon can be refrigerated for about three to five days.
Keeping the seeds inside a cut melon will help keep it moist. Cut melons should be wrapped, and always taste better if they are brought to room temperature before eating.
Freezing melons is not recommended.
After picking melons will ripen but their sugar content does not increase much. At room temperature it takes up to four days for melons to ripen and get more juicy. Melons are ethylene sensitive, so they ripen faster if stored with ethylene-producing frui
Honeydew melon is low in Sodium and Calories, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It's also a good source of Vitamin B6, Folate and Potassium, and a very good source of Vitamin C.
Wash honeydew in warm soapy water prior to cutting to eliminate impurities on the rind that could be transferred from the knife to the melon's flesh. Next, slice the Honeydew in half and remove the seeds and strings. Melons can be cut into halves, quarter
The Honeydew was revered as a sacred food by the ancient Egyptians. Napolean and Pope John Paul II both considered Honeydew melons their favorite fruit.
Honeydew is a cultivar group of muskmelon, Cucumis melo Inodorus group, which includes crenshaw, casaba, Persian, winter, and other mixed melons.
Honeydew is the American name for the cultivar White Antibes which has been grown for many years in southern France and Algeria.
Navel oranges are available November through May with peak supplies in January, February and March, so now is the time to enjoy them while you can!
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