Of all the melon varieties, honeydew melons have the most mouth-watering flavor. Belonging to the cultivar’s group of muskmelons, honeydew melons happen in a lot of varieties like the Crenshaw, Casaba (from Kasaba, a city in Turkey), Persian, and Winter. Honeydew melons provide among the best options for a quick bite, especially for those who believe in leading a healthy lifestyle. It was Marco Polo who discovered the Persians drying honeydew melons to better their aroma and taste. Cut honeydew melons with seeds make an excellent snack. Honeydew melons may also be made into lip-smacking kebabs!
Honeydew melons provide a number of alternatives for your healthy diet. They are rich in Vitamin C, potassium, pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B6 that help to overcome high blood pressure, skin disorders and other related issues of the circulatory system. These melons are at their nutritive best when mature. But there is one risk associated with ripe honeydew melons- they are highly perishable. After a long and tedious research, scientists have finally come up with a solution to keep honeydew melons at their’sweetest best’. The solution is very simple indeed. All you need is to drown the melons in a water-bath comprising a special calcium-amino acid solution right after harvest. The calcium in the solution penetrates the rind to make it firmer and increases its shelf life. Thus the aging process of melons is arrested to a wonderful extent. However, growers need to be a bit careful deciding the time of choosing of honeydew melons. Once selected, honeydew melons do not develop additional sweetness. Hence, a great attention must be directed towards the picking of those melons.
A little expertise is needed to recognize and pick honeydew melons at their best. Merely picking up by its rind and colour aren’t necessarily the safest alternatives to pick up the ideal melon. Choose a melon that doesn’t have any soft spots. If you hear the vibration of the seeds, it is perfect to be taken along. Honeydews grow best in January and February. However, if it is early in the season, choose a melon that is ripe one of the bunch. If the’seed-shaking’ is not quite different, keep the melon in a kitchen towel for a day or 2. Melons that are picked up before the loosening of the seeds will not ripen in any way. So growers must be the careful when picking up their produce to be sent to the marketplace.
These little tips are highly important to maintain the rocking taste of honeydew melons. It’s sweet flavor blends easily to give an exotic flavor to any dish. Believed to have originated in France, honeydew melons made their inroads into the US almost a century ago and have been tremendously popular since then. With added health benefits and numerous recipe alternatives, honeydew melons are quickly getting stacked into the grocery shelves!