Interesting facts about melons

Do you know what is the fruit that is resorted to for beating the heat?

It is the water melon, one of the many varieties of melon. The high water content in this fruit makes it is not only the ideal fruit to beat the heat, but also very a nutritious fruit with a sweet and flavory taste.

Melons provide innumerable benefits to the consumers. Among the many varieties of melons available in the world, the yellow varieties are found to be rich in Vitamin A in the form of beta carotene. In addition to Vitamin A, melons are found to have useful contents of Vitamin C as well as potassium mineral. Some of the melon varieties have been also discovered to have rich content of pectin, a soluble fiber that is found to be of immense use in controlling blood cholesterol levels.

There are a number of varieties of melons available. The chief among these groups include water melon, honeydew, casaba, canteloupe, crenshaw and Persian.

It has been found that a canteloupe, a yellow variety of melon, is a rich source of beta carotene, which is converted by the body to Vitamin A. One-fourth of a canteloupe is discovered to have contained as many as 55 milligrams of Vitamin C, that is more than 60% of the Recommended Diatery Allowance or RDA. In addition, the canteloupe also includes more than 600 Retinol Equivalent of beta carotene, about 320 milligrams of potassium and only 46 calories.

Honeydews, one of the many varieties of melons, are also found to be very low in calorie content but have rich content of Vitamin C, and is also found to be an excellent source of potassium.

Watermelons, on the other hand, is a type of melon that has high calorie content and is an ideal choice to beat the heat in summer days. A piece of water melon, about 2.5 cm size, is found to contain as much as 100 calories, but contrary to other types of melons, contains relatively lesser amount of Vitamin C and also potassium.

One very essential feature of this melon is that it is a rich source of pectin, soluble fiber that is useful in keeping the blood cholesterol levels under check.

Due to the non-existence of the starch content in this type of fruit, there is no possibility of the fruit ripening after they are picked up from the vine. As such, any melon picked up from the vine cannot ripen and achieve its peak flavor.

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