There are various varieties of melons these days including a seemingly endless variety of watermelons and cantaloupes. When it comes to melons however, the most nutrient-rich are going to be the ones with the most color: that is the melons that are the most red or orange. Melons with green flesh do not offer as many vitamins or therapeutic qualities.
Therapeutic Properties: Cantaloupe is a good anti-oxidant and high in beta-carotene. Watermelon can help boost resistance to the sun’s damaging rays and is also an anticoagulant and antibacterial.
Acid or Alkaline: Alkaline
Significant Nutrients: Cantaloupe – beta-carotene, some calcium. Honeydews are pretty good for potassium and vitamin C. Watermelon – doesn’t offer much nutritionally. Their highest nutrient is vitamin A at 565IU per cup.
How to Use: Best eaten raw. You can even pickle watermelon rinds. Do a search for our Slim Jims recipe in our Recipe Club.