10 Things to do With Cantaloupe


By Davee Kaplan

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Cantaloupe, or muskmelon, is related to the cucumber family and packed with nutrition! This refreshing melon has fiber, potassium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, B6, folate, niacin and C. Their season runs from June through August and during this time is when they have the most flavor. Eat cantaloupe sliced, diced, juiced, and carved. Try it also with mint, yogurt, or cottage cheese.

Ways to enjoy cantaloupe:

1. Eat plain

2. Slice or dice with other melons like honeydew, watermelon

3. Slice in half and fill center with cottage cheese

4. Juice

5. Blend as a cold soup with sour cream or yogurt

6. Blend with a small amount of water

7. Blend with peaches

8. Serve slices with honey or flavored yogurt

9. Serve with chopped mint

10. Carve out and use as a basket for a fresh fruit salad

Picking good cantaloupe

Tap the melon with the palm of your hand and you should hear a hollow sound. Look for melons evenly shaped with no bruises, cracks, or soft spots. Select melons that seem heavy for their size, these will be juicier. The melon should have a mildly sweet fragrance. If the cantaloupe smells too sweet, has any moldy spots, or soft spots, it’s probably overripe and possibly rotten. The cantaloupe should be firm to the touch.

Storing cantaloupe

You can leave a whole firm cantaloupe at room temperature for several days. Otherwise it is best to store it in the refrigerator. Cut cantaloupe should be wrapped to ensure the ethylene gas it emits does not affect the taste of texture of other nearby foods. The Food and Drug Administration allows for cut cantaloupe to be stored at room temperature for up to 4 hours.

Cantaloupe Nutrition Values
Serving Size: 1 cup

Calories

53

Fat

0 g

Saturated Fat

n/a

Cholesterol

0 mg

Carbohydrate

12 g

Protein

1 g

Dietary Fiber

1 g

Sodium

23 mg

Vitamin A

5,276 IU

Folic Acid

33 micrograms

Niacin

1 mg

Vitamin B6

<1 mg

Vitamin C

57 mg

Calcium

14 mg

Magnesium

19 mg

Potassium

417 mg

Carotenoids

3,219 micrograms


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Davee Kaplan loves to cook, write, make smoothies and juices, critique restaurants, and indoor garden. Food4Davee was started to write about healthy eating from a dancer's perspective. Davee has been dancing for 20 years with a background in salsa, ballroom, west coast swing, east coast swing, hustle, country, line dancing, and hip hop. She is currently on two Salsa dance teams performing and competing with Alma Latina Performing Arts School in San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Davee has trained with world champions and local instructors. Davee is an expert author for Ezinearticles.com, writes her own blog, microblogs on Twitter.com and Facebook.com, has written product critiques for Amazon.com, buyer/seller critiques for eBay, service critiques for ServiceMaster.com, and restaurant critiques for Yelp.com and Zagat.com. Davee is focused on easy recipes, nutrition, and health and fitness. She has been cooking since 2002 after getting hooked on making beautifully plated dishes through donating some time with a wonderful caterer Battia Porat. Davee has helped prepare foods for weddings, special events, parties, and holiday events. Daveeā€™s main focus is on healthy, fun, high-energy tasty dishes. She cooks with influences from all over the world. Follow Davee on her blog at http://food4davee.wordpress.com, and food4davee on twitter.com.
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2 Responses to 10 Things to do With Cantaloupe

  1. Especially Love #s 9 and 10- thanks!!

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