100 Foods: Melons

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…


Parragon does not mention what type of melon… just that all melons are good for you. Let’s talk about my favorite melon then… watermelon…

If you go to just eat the usual sweet flesh you are going to consume over 90% water. This water/sugar combination makes it somewhat a diuretic. It does contain high levels of beta carotine and Vitamin C. That’s about it…

If you choose to eat the rind (which is edible… by the way) it may contain more nutrients… but… that is only if you eat it uncooked… which… I don’t plan on doing any time soon… but maybe it could be frozen and added to smoothies?

How do you like your melons?


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