Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a fruit in the melon family. It is jam-packed with so many nutrients for the body. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  Cantaloupes are also very high in beta-carotene. Its antioxidants are very high on the list of beneficial fruits, as well as having so much anti-inflammatory qualities as well.

Cool Cantaloupe

How to Choose and Keep
The more a cantaloupe feels fuller and heavy when you pick them up the riper they are. A great way to check ripeness is to knock on the fruit and if you hear a dull deep sound they are ripe. If the sound is hollow it is probably not ripe yet.  To make sure the cantaloupe is not over-ripe press your thumb by where the stem was attached. If it sinks in a good amount the fruit is probably over-ripe.  If you chose a ripe cantaloupe it will store in the fridge for 4 days.  It is very important to wash the outside of the fruit before you cut it. The cut up cantaloupe will stay fresh in the fridge for 6 days. 


Preparation
Fruit salads are the best way to enjoy cantaloupe. Find your favorite other fresh fruits and create a fun fruit salad. The mixture should keep in the fridge for 6 days. 


Nutrients
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potassium, Folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B3, Vitamin K, Magnesium, Vitamin B1.


Action Steps
1. Find a ripe cantaloupe. Clean and slice in half. Scoop out seeds and use one half for a basket for fruit salad. Cut the other half up for a snack.
2. Blend a cantaloupe with peaches and sparkling or seltzer water for a fun drink.


Information and picture thanks to www.whfoods.com, picture: simplyfreshfruit.com