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Fruit For Thought - Honeydew Melon
It’s another week and so it’s time for another Fruit for Thought! This week, we’re going to hit you guys with the Honeydew Melon! Well we’re not actually going to hit you with one that’d probably be pretty bad for reputation… oh and for you guys of course!
Honeydew Melons are bright yellow (when they are ripe that is) and mostly oval or spherical. They’re one of the bigger fruits , from 6 to 9 inches long and can be pretty heavy, though most of this weight is just water. You can distinguish the ripeness of the melon by its colour; the greener the melon, the less ripe. Additionally whilst it’s green you might be able to feel that it’s quite fuzzy, but as this green slowly changes to yellow and the melon matures, the fuzz is lost and the melon adopts a smoother, waxy skin. Usually the skin is peeled, and the sweet-tasting flesh is consumed. You can find a bunch of seeds dotted around the centre of the fruit.
The history of Honeydew Melons is mostly unclear. We mainly believe it to be Middle Eastern or Western Asian. Since the Ancient times, they were cultivated in the Middle East as they were considered to be a sacred food by the Egyptians. It did not reach Europe until the 15th century and wasn’t brought to America until good ol’ Columbus brought them over. The melon then went even further when Spanish explorers took them to California. Henry A. Wallace, the American Secretary of Agriculture during 1933-1940, donated some seeds to China when he visited.
We said earlier that the heaviness of the melon comes from water-weight, in-fact 90% of it’s weight is composed of this. About 9% is carbohydrates, 0.1% is fat and 0.5% is proteins. The honeydew melon also has a very low-calorie count of about 36kcals per 100g. It’s particularly rich in Vitamin C, where 100g of it contains 22% of an adult’s daily value intake. It’s quite high in B-Complex Vitamins (especially Thiamine), as well as containing a good amount of potassium.
The Vitamin C in Honeydew Melons helps protect your cells and maintaining healthier skin, blood vessels, bones and cartilage. It also helps when healing wounds.
The rich amounts of Thiamine (Vitamin B1) helps keep your skin, eyes and nervous system healthy. It additionally will help release energy from the foods that you consume.
Finally, the high amount of Potassium helps keep the level of fluids in your body balanced, whilst making sure the heart work properly!
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