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MEALS THAT HEAL

A melon of goodness

SAURABH SINGH
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Melons have a high water content. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar
The Hindu Melons have a high water content. Photo: P. V. Sivakumar

With three different varieties of melons and a dash of lime juice

Muskmelon originated in Persia (Iran), and is so named because of its delightful odour. Just like watermelon, muskmelon has soft flesh and is high on water content. The most popular type of muskmelon in the U.S. is the small, oval, heavily-netted kind, commonly called a cantaloupe. All cantaloupes are muskmelons, but not all muskmelons are cantaloupes. These include smooth-skinned varieties such as honeydew, crenshaw and casaba. Muskmelon can be a great substitute for high-calorie snacks and can aid in healthy weight loss. Since it is rich in potassium, it can help control blood pressure and prevent the risk of stroke. Potassium in the melon can help reduce the problem of kidney stones. Muskmelon consists of dietary fibre, making it good for those with constipation. Muskmelon is a good source of vitamin C, an anti-oxidant. This helps prevent heart diseases and even cancer. It has beta-carotene too. Muskmelon helps in skincare too since it contains Vitamin A.

Now, for a recipe.

Trio of melon with goat cheese

Ingredients

Cantaloupe: 80 gm

Muskmelon: 80 gm

Watermelon: 70 gm

Salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Goat cheese: 50 gm

Chopped fresh mint: 6 gm

Extra-virgin olive oil: 20 ml

Lime juice to taste

Method

In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, honey, olive oil, mint, pepper and salt, for the dressing. Cut the muskmelon, watermelon and cantaloupe in half. Remove and discard seeds from the melons. Scoop and make balls from the melons and place them in a bowl, along with cubes of cheese. Drizzle the dressing and serve cold.

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