Honeydew melon is a sweet, luscious gift from nature during the summer seasons.
Honeydew is part of the Cucurbitaceae (gourd) family.
A slice of Honeydew has more than half the prescribed daily requirement of Vitamin C and contains about 64 calories and 14 grams of natural fruit sugar.
Perfectly ripe Honeydew would have a waxy skin and be heavy for its size and so juicy that the surface would bounce back when pressed.
The flesh of Honeydew is green but sometimes when it is orange it is often referred to as “Temptation Melon”.
The French town Cavaillon considers itself to be the world capital of Honeydew.
It is said that the great novelist Alexander Dumas asked for a dozen melons annually till his death in exchange for the donation of his works in the town’s public library. Other famous fans of Honeydew lemon are Napoleon and Pope John Paul II.
In Egypt & Romans
To the ancient Egyptians Honeydews were considered sacred and were only served to the society’s elites.
Honeydew melons were first cultivated in North Africa and Persia nearly 4000 years ago and later by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Christopher Columbus brought the first Honeydew melon seeds to North America on his second expedition.
In China, they are called Bailan melon or the Wallace melon after the name of the former U.S Vice President Henry Wallace.
During his visit in the 1940s distributed melon seeds to the local farmers and thus he was the one to introduce Honeydew in China.
So, is it edible?
It is true that the whole of a Honeydew melon is edible because once you have the fruit the peel and seeds can be dried and roasted.
The seed oil is pressed for oil and the peel once dried can be cooked or pickled.
One tenth of a Honeydew melon contains 45 calories, 12gram carbohydrate, 1gram protein and Zero saturated and normal fat it is also low in sodium content.
So it is a favorite among the once following strict diet for weight loss.
Vitamin B, thiamine, niacin, Vitamin C, potassium, and copper make it considerably recommended
for overall health benefits and immunity empowerment.
Honeydew melons though were less popular earlier because apart from raw intake nobody knew many ways to implement them in food.
Now they are being made into cocktails, syrups; lozenges are getting included in cooked delicacies.