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Nutrients in Melons and Other Things to Know About Them


This fruit comes in many different sizes, shapes and colors – cantaloupe, charentais, galia, honeydew, ogen, orange- and green-fleshed varieties, and the wonderful pink watermelon.

How to Serve Melons

Melons can be eaten as a starter, sometimes accompanied by wafer-thin prosciutto or cured meats. Melons and watermelons are often served as dessert fruit on their own, but sometimes appear as part of a fruit salad.

How to Choose Melons

Melons that ripen naturally in the sun have a wonderful perfume and flavor. Ripe melons should yield to gentle pressure from your thumbs at the stalk end and have a fragrant, slightly sweet scent. If they smell highly perfumed and musky, they will probably be over-ripe.

A melon should feel heavy for its size and the skin should not be bruised or damaged. Melons will ripen quickly at room temperature and should be eaten within two or three days.


Amount per 100 grams of honeydew melon

Calories 36 kcal
Sodium 18 mg
Potassium 228 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9 g
Dietary fiber 0.8 g
Sugar 8 g
Protein 0.5 g
Vitamin C 18.0 mg
Folate 19.0 mcg
Choline 7.6 mg