Types of melons
Melons are the fruit belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family. They grow on vines that creep across the ground or they can be kept upright with some support. Melon plants are widely cultivated for the delicious fruits they bear. They have been grown for over 4,000 years as an important food source across Egypt and Africa.
There is a lot of varieties of melons. They have varying tastes as well as appearances. Some of the kinds grow very fast and are easy to care for. Melon seeds are sown in early spring. They produce fruits that ripe by the end of summer or early fall. They have a quick turnaround which is appealing to children or anyone who likes to see quick results.
With a good taste that comfort our taste buds, melons have a good amount of water which keeps are body hydrated.
Below are the five of the many types of melon that can be eaten.
Watermelons were originally grown in Africa. The fruit has been cultivated for consumption for over 4,000 years. There are now several watermelon cultivars across the globe, which produce fruits varying in size from 6 pounds to 50 pounds. All of these types of watermelons have common features, which include the firm outer cover and soft inner flesh which is dotted throughout with seeds.
Watermelons have an extremely high water content of more than 90%. The high water content makes it a refreshing and delicious snack in the summer. As it is a very popular fruit, there are many watermelon cultivators around the world.
Watermelon is a commercial fruit as it can be grown throughout the year. But it still tastes best when taken in a hot summer afternoon.
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European Cantaloupe and the North American Cantaloupe are the two types of melon that are commonly referred to as ‘cantaloupe’. The European Cantaloupe was originally cultivated during the 1700s, in the city called Cantalupo in Italy and thus named after its birthplace. Thile European cantaloupe usually has a grey-green skin with white stripes all over it. As it is the original cantaloupe, it is seldom referred to as the ‘true cantaloupe.’
The North American Cantaloupe is cultivated in warm regions across Mexico, Canada, and the United States l. It has a net-like skin. It is the most commonly produced cantaloupe in North America.
Both types of cantaloupe have sweet orange flesh. These are commonly consumed as a healthy breakfast, in a fruit salad, or as a dessert.
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This melon vine grows annually, which is frost tender. It is cultivated both commercially and in home gardens around the world. It is a mild-flavored and refreshing fruit. Honeydew melons have smooth and waxy skin which can be yellow or green.
The flesh is pale green in color and is watery which keeps our body hydrated. Honeydew melon can be eaten raw or after drying up. These melons usually ripen in late summer or early fall which makes it an ideal snack for the hot weather.
These plants flower in early to mid-summer months. Honeydews are a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin B as well as they are very low in calories. The seeds are also edible and quite tasty which can be eaten raw or roasted.
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Canary melons are in odorous variety of musk melons. This group also includes honeydews, Crenshaw’s, and cannabis. Canary melons, as the name suggests, have bright yellow skin. But they are much tangier or sour than true honeydews.
The flesh of canary melon is pale green in color, which has a very soft texture when ripe. Canary melons are in the shape of an oval, and bigger than cantaloupes. The vine of the plant can creep or trail as desired. It produces beautiful yellow flowers in the spring.
The Canary melon plant takes approximately 80 days to produce fruits and is widely cultivated in Asia and South America. It is widely used in fruit salads and as a breakfast food.
The Casaba Melon is another melon coming from the in odorous variety. Although casaba melon is very closely related to honeydew melon and cantaloupe melon, it does not have a sweet taste or obvious aroma of the muskmelons. It is more close to the taste of a cucumber and Asian pear.
Casaba melons have a very unique and different look that can be instantly identified from their exterior. They have a thick deeply ridged rind. The ridges run in stripes from end to end on a bright yellow skin that sometimes has green flecks.
Casaba melons are known as ‘winter melons’ because they have a long shelf life and can be eaten throughout the year.
The Casaba melon is native to Kasaba in Turkey and was brought to the United States in the late 1800s.
Kiwano (Horned melon)
Kiwano is native to the Kalahari Desert in Africa. It is also known as horned melon because of its horn-like structure. Apart from its appearance horned melon has a gel-like greenish pulp with melon-like seeds it has cucumber-like taste its taste is also compared to that of banana, kiwi and passion fruit. It has a bitter and sweet taste.
Per 100gm, i.e. 1 kiwano (horned melon) contains 88.97 g water, 7.6 g carbohydrate, 1.26g fat, and 1.76g protein other than this it also contains many vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, B, C and too essential minerals like calcium, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc.
Although melon has many health benefits and essential minerals and vitamins, eating too many of kiwanos can bring harm to your health if you eat too many of benefiting medicines after some time it will start affecting your good bacteria that help fight against many diseases.