Cantaloupe

15 Aug

Description

Cantaloupes are melons with a cream colored skin and orange inside!  They can range from 1 to 11 pounds!

Nutrition

  • Cantaloupe is fat free, saturated fat free, and cholesterol free
  • Cantaloupe is very low in sodium
  • Cantaloupe is high in vitamin A & C
  • Cantaloupe is a good source of folate

Selection

Choose fragrant, symmetrical cantaloupes, heavy for size with no visible bruises and yellow or cream undertone. Stem end should give to gentle pressure.

Preparation

Cut open the melon, scoop out the seeds & pulp, slice and enjoy!

Ways to Enjoy

  • Add cubes of melon to your skewers
  • Cantaloupe is a perfect addition to any salad
  • Place a peeled slice of cantaloupe on a plate, pile on slices of banana and your favorite berries, and top with a scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt
  • Try this easy summer salad

Combine cubed mangos, avocados, and cantaloupe with red onion, a splash of 100% orange juice, lime juice and                    cilantro

Storage

Store uncut cantaloupes at room temperature for up to 1 week. Refrigerate cut melon in airtight container up to 5 days.

Recipes

Cantaloupe Crunch

http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/cantaloupe-crunch/detail.aspx

 Tons of Cantaloupe Recipes can be found here:

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-00,cantaloupe,FF.html

(image source: edibleblog.com)

Sources

Produce for Better Health Foundation (2011). Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database. Retrieved from http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

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