Other Name: Muskmelon, melon
Cantaloupe is a type of melon that belongs to the cucumber family. It is usually oblong or round in shape and weighs up-to 5 kg. The fruit has a rough covering with yellow-orange flesh. Cantaloupe is usually eaten as dessert fruit, salad and made into refreshing smoothie.
The cantaloupe is native to India and Guinea, and has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years. The cantaloupe is available from late May through September, but is most abundant in June and July.
Cantaloupe Health Benefits:
- Beneficial in improving lung health for smokers.
- The high vitamin A content of Cantaloupe can also help in preventing cataract and help in correcting the vision. Studies show that those who consumed high amounts of vitamin A on a regular basis reduced their risk of developing cataract by as much as 40%.
- Beneficial for fever; just eat 250-500 grams of the fresh fruit in the morning and in the evening.
- Cantaloupe is used in China to treat hepatitis.
- Can help in weight loss because it is high in fiber. Fiber takes a long time to leave your stomach and enter your digestive tract, thereby making you feel full for a longer period of time. In addition, foods that contain high amounts of fiber can prevent constipation.
- Helps thin the blood lessening the risk of heart attacks and stroke. Studies identified the anticoagulant chemical in melon as adenosine, the same compound found in onion and garlic. Studies shows that melon and aspirin work together to provide an even greater anticoagulant effect.
- Cantaloupe can help reduce stress because it normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain. As a result, you feel more relaxed and focused.
- Helps prevent insomnia, because it contains a special compound that relieves the nerves and calm anxieties.
- Cantaloupe is sometimes used to induce menstruation and cantaloupe juice can also be use during menstruation to help reduce heavy flow and clots.
- Rich potassium content can also help prevent and relieve muscular cramps.
Cantaloupe Nutrition: Per 100gm.
- Vitamin A: 3,420 I.U.
- Vitamin B: Thiamine .05mg.; Riboflavin .04mg.; Niacin .5mg.
- Vitamin C: 33mg.
- Calcium: 17mg.
- Iron: .4mg.
- Phosphorus: 242mg.
- Fat: .2gm.
- Carbohydrates: 4.6gm.
- Protein: .6gm.
- Calories: 20
Cantaloupe Benefits for Skin:
- Beneficial for healthy skin because it is rich in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A encourages the skin regeneration and Vitamin C supports the formation of collagen, the connective tissues that give skin a youthful glow.
- Loaded with water. The skin needs plenty of water in order to stay hydrated. When you are dehydrated, your skin is one of the first organs to show the deficiency. Fine lines, wrinkles, and dry skin in general tend to appear within days of dehydration.
- The juice is an effective lotion for eczema and for removing freckles.
- The juice is also be used as first aid for burns and abrasions.
Cantaloupe Essential Oil is made from the rinds of cantaloupe; it is used in making soap, shampoo, hair cream, lotion and perfume.
Recipe for Cantaloupe Facial Mask (this mask recipe can help soften and restore moisture into your skin)
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cantaloupe (peeled and seeded)
- 1 tablespoon full cream milk
Preparation: Puree the cantaloupe and milk in the blender until smooth and creamy. Apply to clean face and let it remain in your face and neck for 15-25 minutes. Rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply moisturizer. If there is remaining mask you can also apply it to the rest of your body. Do this facial treatment once a week.
Medicinal Benefits of Cantaloupe Seeds:
- Cantaloupe seed is used in Guatemala to expel worms. They usually just crushed the seeds and eat it.
- The seeds is also used for fever, cough and as aid in indigestion.
Medicinal Use of Cantaloupe Rind: Cantaloupe rind is used to cure toothache; just take 6 grams of the melon skin, add water and simmer till cooked. When cool, strain and use as a mouth rinse.
Medicinal Use of Cantaloupe Root: Cantaloupe root when made into tea can help induce vomiting and is also an effective diuretic.
Buying Tip: Choose cantaloupe by their color and firmness of their rind, and by fragrance. Look also for those that are heavy for their size, which means it contains lots of juice. Ripe cantaloupes should have a yellow color on the skin between the webbing. Avoid any fruits with bruised or soft spots.
Storage Tip: Unripe fruits can be stored on the kitchen counter to ripen; once ripe, they should be kept in the refrigerator.
- Cantaloupe doesn’t develop any additional sugar after they are picked. This melon should be picked when it is still hard and pulls off the vine easily.
- You can improve the eating quality of a firm, uncut cantaloupe by leaving it at room temperature for two to four days; the fruit will not become sweeter, but it will turn softer and juicier.
- Deeply colored flesh of cantaloupe denotes that it will be high in vitamin A.
- Melons, with their root system, pick up water from deep, in-ground reserves, and bring it to our tables in a delicious fruit substance.