Melon is a fruit that we can enjoy almost all year round because there are summer qualities and winter qualities.
Melon is refreshing, thirst-quenching and diuretic; it also has a fair amount of power lassative. It is mainly composed of water and provides a good amount of minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus and calcium. It also contains betacarotene, a quality that makes it a precious ally for a tan.
Melon is low in calories, 100 grams contain just over 30 calories. At the same time, however, it is rich in fiber and therefore has a high satiating power. Thanks to these qualities it can be perfect for keeping fit for the costume fitting.
How to best enjoy melon
The melon, in summer, is good fresh from the fridge. The important thing, however, is do not let the temperature drop below 5 degrees because we would risk making him go mushy.
It is important to choose it well, because the melon it is good when it is fully ripe. One way to understand if it is ripe at the right point is to smell it, it must smell good of melon pulp, without the aroma being too intense. If there is no smell, the melon is unripe. If the smell is overly intense, the fruit is overripe.
It is excellent to eat alone or even in many sweet and savory combinations. A classic is prosciutto and melon, which can also be prepared with vegetable prosciutto. But let's see two more recipes.
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Risotto with melon
Risotto with melon is a fresh and very summery dish.
Ingredients for people 4:
> 320 grams of risotto rice
> 5 or 6 slices of melon
> a clove of garlic in a shirt
> a liter of vegetable broth
> half a glass of dry white wine
> extra virgin olive oil
> fresh mint
Preparation: prepare the vegetable broth. Sauté a clove of unpeeled garlic in a little extra virgin olive oil. Remove the garlic clove from the oil and add the rice. Lightly toast and deglaze with white wine. Then mix the melon reduced to a pulp and cook with the vegetable broth. Season with salt, turn off the heat and add a few chopped fresh mint leaves.
Melon is a perfect ingredient for making excellent ice creams, popsicles and natural sorbets.
> half a kilo of melon pulp
> 2 tablespoons of honey
> the juice of half a lemon
Preparation: mix the mixture well and put it in the ice cream maker until the desired consistency is obtained.
If you don't have an ice cream maker, you can make excellent ones with the same recipe iciclei; Just pour the mixture into popsicle molds and store in the freezer for at least 4/5 hours.
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To learn more:
> Melon, the varieties to know
> Seasonal fruit: July