the melon It is one of the favorite summer foods and one of the products grown in Almeria, as well as in other places of national geography such as Murcia or Castilla la Mancha. According to information from www.nutritienda.com, the leading online company for health and beauty products, it contains many vitamins and minerals that make it a highly recommended food for our health.
Among them, it stands out that it is a source of vitamin C, which contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and protects cells against oxidative damage. It also highlights its contribution to potassium, a mineral that contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and helps regulate blood pressure. Next to the orange one of the most folate-rich fruits which contribute to the formation of blood cells and help reduce fatigue and fatigue. In addition, It contains 28 calories per 100 gramsit only provides 6% sugars and is one of the foods that contain the most water, which makes it ideal for maintaining a healthy diet.
The keys to choosing a good melon
1. Observe your appearance. It is important to observe the appearance of the melon, it should not have bumps or cracks and it should have a good texture. It’s best to choose those at the top of the stack since they’re supposed to have taken less hits, although this may actually vary between establishments.
2. What has good color. The color of the melon on the outside should be a bit yellowish and it shouldn’t be shiny because that means it’s not ready to drink. The tone, if it is dark, is a sign of maturity, while if it is greenish, it has not reached its optimum point. The best thing is that its color is medium green with a little yellowish tone.
3. Watch the weight. Another of the key points for choosing a good melon is the weight, for the same size, the melon that weighs more will be better since it will contain more water and will be juicier.
4. Hardness is decisive. When you touch a melon, it shouldn’t be too soft, because that means it’s gone. To find out if a melon is in the optimal state, one side is pressed and the other will puff up slightly.
5. The hollow sound is synonymous with “on point”. To tell how ripe a melon is, you can tap it to see what kind of sound it makes. If it sounds ‘hard’ it means it is still green, but if it sounds hollow and vibrates it means the melon is ‘ready’.
6. The smell should be sweet. Another trick to know if the melon is in perfect condition is to smell it. Where the aroma is most noticeable is in the pendulum of the melon (the end opposite the stem), if the smell is sweet it is ready to drink, however, if it is ‘a strong odor, it may be past.
7. Melon zest is essential. Finally, to know how to choose the sweetest melon, it is important to observe the stripes, if they are concentric, it is a female melon, therefore, sweeter. Male melons have longitudinal lines throughout and tend to lack the sweetness of females. These melons are more difficult to find because in many cases they are distributed in restaurants and more exclusive places.
kinds of melons
1. Toad skin melon. It is one of the most typical summer melons. It has a sweet and intense flavor, but as long as it is at its optimum maturity it is the most difficult to choose since it can come out “cucumber”, but if it is fished at “its tip” it is one of the richest. Outside it is light green with dark green stripes. The Piel de Sapo melon is ideal to accompany ham.
2. Cantaloupe. It is the most produced melon in the whole world, its skin is thick and greenish yellow, it has a round shape and its interior is orange with a very sweet flavor. A perfect dish to have with cantaloupe melon would be a salad with lamb’s lettuce, feta cheese, melon and nuts.
3. Yellow melon. It is the most consumed melon in winter, the pulp is soft and resembles that of toad skin. It is rounded and its skin is bright yellow. It has a great advantage over others is that it is smaller in size and therefore easier to consume. You can make a delicious dessert by making small balls of this melon with yogurt and dried fruit.
4. Power. It is a spherical melon of Israeli origin, on the outside it can be green or with yellow tones, and on the inside it has a buttery texture and can be white, yellow or even orange. It is distinguished from the others by the small ridges of its thin skin and its small size. You can make a cold melon cream, crushing it with champagne or cava and a little cream, let it cool and, when ready to serve, make it with shavings of ham.
5. Japanese Melon or Arus. This melon is round and greyish in color, it has a distinctly jagged skin and its interior is juicy with lots of flavor and a slight sweetness. It is used in Japan as a gift for special occasions given its high price, it can cost up to 200 euros each. They are carefully cared for and selected one by one, discarding those that do not look perfect. Once caught, they are massaged with gloves and a certificate of quality is labeled, they are sold in individual boxes perched on silk or hay. International sales barely exist due to their strict controls. It is a melon that must be eaten alone so as not to camouflage its exquisite flavor.
6. White melon. It is one of the most consumed melons in Portugal, its skin is white and it is large melons. Its interior is also white with a greenish tint. It is characterized by its particular softness. They are usually eaten in the summer, although they can be found all year round. Being large, it can be scooped out and filled with melon balls and other fruits such as grapes, cherries, watermelon and blueberries. To give it more flavor, you can sprinkle with a dash of cognac and add mint leaves.
7. Chinese Melon or Hami, They are widely eaten in Asia, their crust is yellow and has an elongated shape, and the pulp is orange-white. It is a very sweet and juicy type of melon. You can make melon couscous, mix it with pieces of avocado and season it with a little soy sauce.
8. Melon Yubari. Yubari melon is one of the most expensive fruits in history, it is grown in a Japanese town called Yubari. It is grown in soil rich in volcanic ash and with all sorts of care individual hats are put on to protect them from the sun. It is spherical in shape and has an orange interior with a sweet and spicy flavor. At the beginning of the season, the first melons are auctioned, which are the juiciest, with exorbitant prices, reaching $50,000 for two melons. Later, the price stabilizes, costing around 3,000 euros. Given their value, the seeds are kept in vaults. Given its price, it is a fruit that must be eaten alone to fully appreciate its flavor.