Growing Melons- Benefits and Instructions
Benefits of Growing Melons
Health Benefits- Melons can help with brain function, keep eyes strong, support the immune system, fight inflammation and help control blood pressure. Melon seeds are also full of vitamins, protein and minerals.
- Nutritional Profile - Vitamins A, B6, calcium and potassium.
Use in: Soups, salads, cocktails, frozen desserts, smoothies, salsas.
Ripe melon will separate from the vine with light pressure. You can also cut melons from the vine with a sharp knife. Leave an inch of stem attached to the fruit to keep it from rotting if you don’t plan to use a harvested melon immediately.
Muskmelons: Are ripe when the skin turns cream coloured.
Net skinned: Are ripe when the net turns from green to cream colour and the background skin turns golden.
Watermelons: When the ground spot (the area of the melon that rests on the ground) turns yellow and the stem turns brown and begins to curl.
Unripened melons can be stored at room temperature to ripen fully. Melons should be stored in a refrigerator as they can spoil quickly. Peeled melon can be stored in the freezer to be used in cocktails or frozen desserts.
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