There are many varieties of melon, like winter melon, which are yellow in color and oval in shape with very pale flesh. But the most consumed by the French remains Cantaloup-Charentais melon, round and with orange flesh.
It is produced in the south of France and in the central west region. After Spain and Italy, we are the third largest producer of melons in Europe.
Melon is known for its many benefits for our health.
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The melon, for the record
The origin of the melon is still uncertain. However, we suspect an African origin. Indeed, we know that the Egyptians cultivated melon already 500 years before JC.
It was only in the 15th century that the melon arrived in France, through King Charles VIII. The melon came from the Cantaluppo estate in Rome, hence its name "Cantaloupe Melon"
Queen Joan II of Naples used melon for its anti-aging property. She applied thin slices of melon to her face to ensure a glowing complexion.
The melon or Cucumis melo to one flesh juicy and sweet, which makes this vegetable the star product of the summer.
Like thecourgette,the cucumber, the watermelon or thepumpkin, the melon is part of the large family ofcucurbits.
Melon and its health benefits
To the pleasure of the taste buds are added curative and preventive properties.
The abundance of water (90%), makes melon a powerful diuretic. It prevents water retention and purifies your body by eliminating toxins.
The melon also has a laxative property. The fibers present in small quantities (1%) ensure better intestinal transit. It is recommended in cases of mild constipation and to fight against hemorrhoids.
The melon has the power to limit premature aging of the skin, this is an excellent antioxidant.
Beta-carotene, the pigment in melon, participates in vision, protects the retina and thus slows down the visual disturbances that appear with age (particularly cataracts).
Thanks to the vitamin C, melon reduces risk development of cardiovascular disease and cancer.
The melon regulates the tension in case of‘Arterial hypertension, thanks to its potassium content (300 mg / 100g).
We can also indicate the melon in case anemia and arthritis.
The melon is a shield against infections. It contributes to immune system by stimulating the synthesis of immune cells.
Melon also stimulates the production of the mood hormone serotonin. A lack of serotonin can be responsible for a depressed state.
The melon can dampen theacidity of the liver, the itching and the inflammation of the skin.
In addition, melon restores radiance to the skin, prepares the skin for the sun and intensifies the tan, like the carrot. It also strengthens the skin appendages.
All of its virtues make melon a real ally for your health.
Melon in the kitchen
Melon can be enjoyed as a smoothie, sorbet, salad, raw, as a starter or as a dessert.
How to choose a melon?
To choose your melon, check the stalk. If it comes off easily, your melon is ripe.
Are your intestines playing tricks on you? Better to eat your melon at room temperature than fresh.
For lovers of sweet and savory, melon can be eaten on skewers, with Bayonne ham, cherry tomatoes and diced mozzarella.
The nutritional contributions of melon: 32 kcal / 100g, 0.14g of lipids, 7g of carbohydrates.
Very low in calories, it fits very well into diets.
As the glycemic index of melon is low, it is not conducive to hyperglycemia and is therefore not contraindicated in diabetics or in cases of obesity.
Melon provides the body with potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamins C and A, and iron. It has its place in a healthy diet.
Recipe ideas with melon
Add melon seeds to your salads.
Take the seeds, rinse them and brown them in your pan with a little olive oil. Then add salt. They will add crunch to your salads!
Dare the hot melon! Place melon wedges in a hot pan with a knob of butter. Add sugar to caramelize it. If you want to flambé it, add alcohol.
Melon peel jam:
Put the pieces of melon rind in a water base with their weight in sugar. Add a squeezed lemon. Put everything on low heat for 2 hours.
Did you know ? The melon has no sex.
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Face care tip with melon
A natural cleansing milk: mix the pulp of half a melon with 3 tablespoons of cottage cheese at 40% fat. Then apply the mixture on your face, avoiding the eye area.
Keep your preparation cool, in a closed container.
To restore radiance and tone your skin, soak a cotton ball in melon juice.
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