Fruits of Spring – Honeydew

It is now springtime, dear readers, and that means that many healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables are coming back in season! As we foray our way into the Summer Season, I wanted to stop and look at some of the nutritional benefits that some of the in-season fruits has to offer. So, let’s get started and look at the first fruit of this four-week series, honeydew.

Origins

Mentions of the honeydew date back to as far as 2,400 B.C. and was considered a prized delicacy. It was not popular in Europe until its introduction in the French royal court during the 1400’s. It was also thought to have been introduced to the Americas at around the same time when the Spanish began occupying Mexico and the Western part of the modern day United States. Today, the honeydew in the United States is mainly grown in the state of California.

Benefits

  • Because it is technically a melon, it has a high-water content and a low-calorie count
  • Honeydew is surprisingly rich in potassium, which is great for blood pressure levels.
  • It also contains vitamins A, B, and C, which is great for your immune system.
  • This amazing fruit also helps with promoting weight loss, helps with the prevention of diabetes, and has a high enough vitamin and mineral content to be recommended by doctors for pregnant women.

Recipes

In this series, I am going to post four recipes that range from desserts to salads, to even main dishes so that you can have some idea of how to add each fruit into your daily lifestyle with ease.

This week, you can thank allrecipes.com for the wide range of recipes that all utilizes honeydew in a fresh and fun fashion.

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Melon Balls

The author of this recipe ‘RACHELSCHWARTZ’ stated “This is a great snack to make for any gathering. Balls of honeydew melon are wrapped in prosciutto and fresh mint to make a fancy appetizer with few ingredients.”

 

 Click on the photo above if you want the details of this delectable recipe.

 

Cucumber Honeydew Salad

This is an inventive take to an already refreshing fruit with a combination of red onion and cool mint, along with a pinch of salt.

We have ‘spcordell’ to thank for this variation of cucumber salad.

 

Click on the image above for the recipe.

 

Honeydew Juice

JunoirChef was the allrecipes contributor of this refreshing way to enjoy a warm Alabama springtime, and it is a nice break from the everyday sugar filled orange juice in the mornings.

 

Click on the photo above for the recipe.

Eskimo Cubes

Last, but not least, is a melon and berry based ice pop recipe that was contributed by the user SassyCowgirl. Not only does it combine all the fruits of the season, but it also adds a creative flair with the recommendation of ice cube molds to make a variety of fun shapes for the kids.

Click on the photo above for the recipe.

 

For more healthy lifestyle tips, and good recipes don’t forget to follow:

http://www.beksbites.com/

Other Sources:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/honeydew-7-healthy-facts#1
http://servingjoy.com/health-benefits-of-honeydew-melon/
http://doctormurray.com/healing-facts-honeydew-melons/


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