ENJOYING SUMMER FRUIT
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The fresh fruit to enjoy today is cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is packed with beta-carotene, this makes it an excellent source of Vitamin A. Just one cup provides all the Vitamin A you will need for a day! It is also a great source of Vitamin C, B complex vitamins and potassium.
It belongs to the same family as the cucumber, squash, pumpkin and gourd. They are at their peak taste June through August.
Choose a melon that is overly heavy for it’s size with no bruises or soft spots. You can allow a firm cantaloupe to ripen by leaving it at room temperature for serveral days. Cantaloupes should be refrigerated after cutting.
Cantaloupe makes a great snack or dessert and is perfect in a fresh fruit salad. You can slice them in half horizontally, scoop out the seeds and use each half as a basket to serve your fruit salad in.