Honeydew Melon

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Seasons/Availability

Honeydew melons are available year round.

Nutritional Value

Honeydew melons are a great source of vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and dietary fiber. The melons also contain trace amounts of B vitamins and several antioxidants. While relatively low in calories per serving, the high sugar content can add up when consumed in large amounts. Honeydew melons should be eaten in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

Storage

Honeydews can be stored at room temperature until ripe or gently refrigerated for up to two weeks once ripe. Unripe honeydews may remain firm while ripening on the countertop; however, they should not be left out for more than five days due to their high water content which can lead to spoilage.

Preparation

The best way to enjoy honeydews is when they are ripe and juicy. Once ripe, simply cut the melon in half and scoop out the flesh with a spoon or slice into wedges for an easy snack. Honeydew can be added to salads, blended into smoothies, juiced, frozen into popsicles or sorbets, made into salsa or chutney, grilled as a side dish or even eaten plain with a sprinkle of cinnamon and lime juice.

Enjoying honeydews in moderation can be beneficial not only for its sweet taste but also for its nutritional content which includes vitamins A, C and K as well as potassium, phosphorus, assium, magnesium and dietary fiber. Eating honeydews can help lower blood pressure, improve digestion and reduce inflammation. So go ahead and enjoy the sweet flavor of this delicious melon!

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