All About Melons

I think we all know about this fruit. Juicy and fresh, it’s good in a hot day. Nothing beats a slice of icy cold melon in a hot day. Their juicy sweetness leaves you ready for more. A melon’s flesh is just about 95 percent water, so is it any wonder that they are just a refreshing as a cool drink?

Melons come in lots of shapes and sizes, but the most popular ones here are watermelons, cantaloupes and honeydew melons (although others are available). Eat melons when they are perfectly ripe for optimum flavor. Aroma is a good way to test this, they usually taste like they smell!

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Watermelons are more difficult to test the ripeness due to their thick skin. Choose those that are firm with even coloration. It is best purchase a piece from a cut melon – look for firm, crisp, brightly colored flesh and a soft waxy rind.

Melons keep well in the refrigerator. If unripe when purchased, leave at room temperature for a few days until ripe, and the store in the refrigerator.

Melons are quite versatile and, due to their sweet, juicy flesh, complement many foods and flavorings. The recipes we have chosen for this section demonstrate this by teaming them with seafood, pastry and curry, to name but a few.

Nutrition fact of Melons

We already know that this fruit also useful for health. Melon also contains many essential nutrients needed by the body. In 100 grams of melon flesh are important nutrients such as: 14.8 g carbohydrates, 1.55 g protein, 0.5 g fat, 546.9 mg potassium, 5706.5 IU Vitamin A (meet 64 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin A), and 74.7 mg Vitamin C (meet 12 percent of the daily requirement of vitamin C).

The Uniqueness - Melon With Hello Kitty Motif

We can see the uniqueness of Melon in Japan. This country is endless for creating a wide variety of unique products. Although Japan is well known as the country that sells super expensive fruits.But if you are willing to buy a melon with Hello Kitty motif, you can find it in Hokkaido.

It called "Furano Melon". This is a kind of melon which has a Hello Kitty motif, the character of the famous cartoon cat from Japan. We can see the face of Hello Kitty motifs like tacked on the outer skin. The Furano Melon weighs about 1.8 pounds and it is only sold on a limited basis, than as usual melon, which is about 5,000 ¥, and will be sold until around the end of July 2014.

Squared Melon

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The benefit of melons for health

With the complete of the nutritional value, don’t be surprised if one of the melon fruit useful to enhance the immune system and prevent a variety of diseases, such as:

  • Maintain eyes health. Melon is also enriched with beta-carotene. This substance is useful to improve the sharpness and maintain eye health. Beta-carotene is converted by the body into vitamin A and it is used to improve the function of the body's eyes, especially in rooms with minimal lighting.
  • Look younger. Melon also contains collagen. This substance is often used to reduce the effects of aging for women in the world in order to look younger. Collagen is also useful to accelerate wound healing.
  • Fresh diet menu. More than 90 percent of water inside melon can give a refreshing effect and prevents the heat inside. The fruit is very low in calories, fat and cholesterol free, making it suitable to be consumed when you are in diet program.
  • Prevent cancer. As well as the ability of other fruits, melon also has the ability to ward off cancer because it attacks the carotenoid content. Carotenoids are pigments which giving color to fruits and also vegetables. The carotenoid content in this fruit can prevent some cancers, such as breast cancer and also lung cancer.
  • Prevent heart attack and stroke.In addition to effectively prevent some cancers. Melon also contain adenosine. It's able to stop the clotting of blood cells which can lead to heart attacks and strokes. Adenosine also works for the red blood cells and has function to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke.
  • Prevent Impotence (Erectile Dysfunction). Well, if you have this problem, you should immediately consume the melon. According to several studies in the United Kingdom, melon contains an amino acid called citrulline. This substance can produce arginine. Arginine is also useful to improve the blood flow, especially blood flow to the sexual organs. Arginine works as a stimulator for widen of blood vessels. It's good for blood flow to the sexual organs and avoiding erectile dysfunction (impotence).

Melon has a very good diuretic power. So it can cure kidney disease and also can cure an acute eczema. If combined with lemon, melon can suppress the gout disease. You can get all these benefits by consume melons regularly once a day in the morning.


Herbal Recipe with Melon

1. To improve efficacy of melon juice, it can be added by the lime juice, honey as a sweetener, ginger juice and cold water or ice cubes. How to make it fairly easy, first squeezed lemon juice and use for 2 tablespoons. Continue with grated ginger then squeeze it, also 2 tablespoons. Then enter all of the ingredients into a blender, do not forget with 2 tablespoons of honey.

2. Asthma medications

Ingredients:

- 7 cloves of garlic

- One small melon

How to make:

- Melon peeled and discarded the middle.

- Fill the hole with garlic, then closed again.

- And then steamed it until cooked, blender with enough water

Dosage:

Drink a glass of herb, 1 times a day


How To Make a Melon Sorbet

Melon Jelly Ice

Ingredients:


- 2 packs of green jelly

- 150 g sugar

- 750 ml of water

- 500 g of melon, diced

- 200 ml of sweetened condensed milk

- 200 ml melon syrup

- Shaved ice

How to make:

1. Mix green jelly and sugar, stir well.

2. Add water and stir.

3. Simmer over medium heat, stirring until boiling.

4. Remove and pour into a mold that has been soaked in water, let stand until hardened.

5. Remove from the mold, cut into cubes.

Presentation:

Prepare a serving bowl. Arrange the pieces of green jelly, diced melon, and shaved ice. Add melon syrup and sweetened condensed milk. Serve.

Melon Ball Punch Recipe

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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Great article and long time no see! So good to see you writing again. I love melon and especially this kind. Had never seen or heard of square though! Thanks for that info. The melon jelly ice looks so good; especially now in this extreme heat we are having; I will have to make that for a nice surprise and give you all the credit. Voted up and shared!


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dahoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Health benefits of melons is interesting. Since I have already had some of those health problems, I will have to consider more melon in my diet. Up, intresting, shared.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love all the melons, especially the watermelon, and they are so healthy. Your hub is filled with great pictures and information. Thank you. I've missed you on HP. Happy to see you...


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breakfastpop 2 years ago

It's great to see you back here. As for the hub, well it is delicious! Voted up interesting and awesome.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Hi Prasetio…

It’s good to see you writing. You have been missed. Melon is a favorite fruit of mine, but I’ve never seen a square one before this. I love the recipes for Melon Jelly Ice and Melon Ball Punch. Just right for summer. :-) Thank you!


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I'm so glad that you have returned to writing here, Prasetio. Thanks for sharing the interesting information about melons as well as the recipes.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Jackie Lynnley. I am so glad to see you here and this hub useful for you. Of course, you can make the melon jelly ice and it's good for extreme heat you are having. Thanks for the vote. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear uncle, dahoglund. Thanks for coming and I am very happy to see you again. I hope you can use this fruit your diet and your health problem. I also hope that everything goes well. I love your vote. Take care and God bless you!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Ruby. I've missed you too. Thanks for compliment to this hub. I hope this hub useful for you, especially if you want to consume this fruit for health. Take care and enjoy your day.

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Pop. Good to see you again. Thanks for the vote. Take care and God bless you!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Genna East. I am so happy to come back here and I can see my friends who always care to me and also love my hub. Of course, please enjoy the recipe for the summer. Take care and cheers :-)

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, AliciaC. Please enjoy this hub and I am so happy to returned here. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


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Kaili Bisson 2 years ago from Canada

I learned a few things about melons, and the sorbet looks yummy. Voted up and more!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Kaili Bisson. Nice to see you here. Thanks for your appreciation. Take care and have a good day!


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always good for one's health. Great reminder.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, aviannovice for coming and you also concern about health by consume fruits and vegetables. Take care and have a good day!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Great to see you again pras! I love melons so this is really useful, great hub! nell


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Nell for your appreciation. I am glad to know that you love melons too. Have a good day!


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RonElFran 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

I'm a melon kind of person, as long as they're flavorful and not watery. I particularly like the photos here. And that square melon - I've never seen one of those. Thanks for a mouth-watering hub.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, RonElFran. Thanks for coming and I hope you love this hub. Take care!


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CMHypno 2 years ago from Other Side of the Sun

Thanks for all the great information on melons Prasetio. I especially like the one with the 'Hello Kitty' motif - I bet the kids love them!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Great looking hub Prasetio! I can almost taste the melons the way you describe them. What a funny looking square melon!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, CMHypno . Thank you so much for coming. I love your comment as well. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, rebeccamealey. Thanks for coming and I am so happy to see you again. Take care and God bless you!

Prasetio


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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

We love watermelon season, but live in a divided house. My husband likes his ice cold from the fridge, but I like mine room temperature! The recipes are all interesting, but that melon ball punch looks fabulous. Thanks!


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, RTalloni. Thank you very much for coming and I hope you and your husband enjoy the watermelon. Have a good day!

Prasetio


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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

I just finished eating a watermelon yesterday. We both love canteloupes and honeydew melons and eat quite a few of them when in season. I have to eat the watermelon by myself as my hubby does not especially like the flavor. Good hub Prasetio and packed with good information.


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prasetio30 2 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Peggy. I am so happy to see you here and I know that you and also your husband love to eat watermelon. I do agree with you about the flavor. Take care and have a good day!

Prasetio


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Dim Flaxenwick 24 months ago from Great Britain

What an interesting hub! (voted awesome and useful as well)

l had no idea there was a square melon in existence.!!!!

Take care and thank you for such a great hub about a fruit l really love.


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prasetio30 24 months ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear, Dim Flaxenwick. Thank you very much for coming and I love your comment. God bless you and take care!

Prasetio

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