I recently posted a recipe for a Blueberry-Honeydew Smoothie and I also came across some info about why honeydew melon is good for you–so I thought it would be a great time to share this! According to Healthy Eating, one cup of cubed honeydew contains these vitamins and essential nutrients:
- 34% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C (an antioxidant that helps neutralize free radicals, helping you fight off illness and disease)
- 8% of the recommended daily intake of Potassium (getting the daily recommended amount of potassium helps you maintain a normal blood pressure)
- 12% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin B-6 (helps regulate mood and sleep)
- 6% of the recommended daily intake of Fiber for women, and 4% for men (fiber helps lower cholesterol and keeps food moving through the digestive tract)
Basically, honeydew melons are an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source of potassium and Vitamin B-6.
When purchasing honeydew melon, look for one with a creamy white or pale cream rind. If it has some brown freckling, it just means that’s an area where it’s a little higher in sugar (a little more sweeter). If it’s fully ripe, you should be able to smell the melon’s sweet aroma. A good melon should be firm but not hard and shouldn’t have any soft spots on it (if the melon feels “spongy” when pressed, it’s too ripe). If melon is not fully ripe, let it set at room temperature for a few days.
I am glad you said “Honeydew Melon” and not cantaloupe! 🙂 Honeydew is much yummier! 🙂
Honeydew melons are delightful when they are perfectly ripe and thanks for the health tidbits.
Mmm…ice cold honeydew on a hot summer’s day is so refreshing. Thank you for the nutritional information, Nancy!