Last Updated : Aug 01,2019

Muskmelon Glossary | Recipes with Muskmelon |
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Also known as
Cantaloupe, Rock Melon

Description of Muskmelon, Cantaloupe

Muskmelon is a round melon with firm, orange, moderately-sweet flesh and a thin reticulated light-brown rind. The term ‘reticulatus’ in the biological name of the fruit, Cucumis melo reticulates, refers to its net-like (reticulated) skin covering. It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin and gourd, and like many of its relatives, grows on the ground on a trailing vine.

Cantaloupe, as the muskmelon is often known, is believed to have originated in India and Africa. It is also common in the United States and in some parts of Canada. In Australia and New Zealand, it is called rock melon due to the rock-like appearance of the skin.

Cantaloupe is normally eaten as a fresh fruit, as a salad, or as a dessert with ice cream or custard.

Chopped muskmelon
This refers to finely-chopped or roughly-chopped muskmelon. The rind or skin is usually removed before chopping the fruit into sizes. For some recipes, the muskmelon may also be chopped into big chunks or quarters.
Muskmelon balls
Making a perfect melon ball is quite easy. First, cut the melon in half. Remove any seeds or fibrous portions in the centre. Now, press your melon baller firmly into the meat of the melon. Then lift the baller so that it stands straight inside the melon (as if you were opening a beer bottle with an opener). Then turn the baller clockwise using your wrist and pull out to get a perfect muskmelon ball. These dainty looking pieces of fruit are usually served with cocktails or in salads.

Muskmelon cubes
Remove the outer rind and take out the fleshy interiors. Deseed the melon and place the melon on the chopping board. Cut the muskmelon into small cubes with a sharp chopping knife and relish it as fresh fruit or as a dessert.
Muskmelon puree
Place the muskmelon on a chopping board and cut it into half. Peel the muskmelon and chop into desired pieces. Combine 1 cup chopped muskmelon along with 1/4 cup water in a mixer and blend till smooth. Your muskmelon puree is ready. Use as required.
Muskmelon wedges

How to select Muskmelon
• If you tap the melon with the palm of your hand and hear a hollow sound, the melon has passed the first test.
• Choose a melon that seems heavy for its size and one that does not have bruises or overly-soft spots.
• The rind should have turned to yellow or cream colour from the green shades that the unripe fruit has.
• You should be able to smell the fruit's sweetness subtly if it is ripe. However, be careful since a strong odour might indicate an overripe or fermented fruit.

Culinary Uses Muskmelon
• The orange, sugary and fragrant flesh makes this fruit popular both as a snack and as a dessert.
• While you can enjoy it plain, you may also top the melon slices with yogurt and chopped mint.
• Enjoy the cubes in a fruit salad, with fresh cream or as a topping on ice-cream.

How to store Muskmelon
• It keeps well when stored in a cool, dry place and ripens after several days in a warm room.
• Be sure to refrigerate the muskmelon immediately after cutting.

7 Health Benefits of Muskmelon
1.Rejuvenates and Hydrates Skin: Muskmelon abounds in a key nutrient vitamin C, which strengthens our immune system by building our immune cells – white blood cells (WBC). These help to fight against the bacteria which usually grow within a clogged pore and shows up as acne. Vitamin C also helps in collagen synthesis – a protein which lends skin its elasticity. Moreover, being loaded with a good amount of fiber (1.2 g /cup), it helps to maintain digestive health and thus improve skin health.

For a glowing skin, try a healthy concoction like Muskmelon and Mint Juice. While juicing, remember to avoid the addition of sugar as that weakens your immune system and you already are aware that sugar is empty calories. They don’t do any good to your body.

2.Nutri-dense Addition to an Obesity Diet: Those who are a weight loss diet are always in search of flavourful ingredients which do not tempt them to reach out for unhealthy junk fare. If you too are looking, reach out for muskmelon. Its sweet taste is the best to turn your head to satisfy your sweet tooth.

With just 26 calories, negligible amounts of fat and 1.2 g of fiber, muskmelon is unarguably a valuable fruit. Further, it also provides you a host of other key nutrients. So don’t wait! Go ahead and include it in the form of Muskmelon Pear and Apple Salad – a complete health package which is sure to satiate you too. Want to try something different? Try making muskmelon dressing and pairing it with other weight loss fruits. We have a tested recipe for this – Green Salad with Muskmelon Dressing.

Click here to know more about the 7 Health Benefits of Muskmelon.

Nutritive Information for Muskmelon :
1 cup of chopped muskmelon is about 150 grams
RDA stands for Recommended Daily Allowance.

Energy – 26 calories
Protein – 0.5 g
Carbohydrate – 5.3 g
Fat – 0.3 g
Fiber – 1.2 g

253.5 mcg of Vitamin A = 5.3% of RDA (about 4800 mcg)
39 mg of Vitamin C = 97.5% of RDA (about 40 mg)
28.5 mcg of Folate (vitamin B9) = 14.3% of RDA (about 200 mcg)

48 mg of Calcium = 8% of RDA (about 600 mg)
2.1 mg of Iron = 10% of RDA (about 21 mg)
46.5 mg of Magnesium = 13.7% of RDA (about 340 mg)
21 mg of Phosphorus = 6.2% of RDA (about 600 mg)
511.5 mg of Potassium = 10.9% of RDA (about 4700 g)

Glycemic Index of Muskmelon
Muskmelon has a Glycemic Index of 64 which is medium. Glycemic Index are for foods you eat, ranks carbohydrate-containing foods by how quickly they digest and raise your blood sugar or glucose levels. Foods rank from 0 to 50 are low GI, 51 to 69 are medium and 70 to 100 are high. Foods that are high in GI are not suitable for weight loss and diabetics.

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