Muskmelon is also referred to as ‘sweet melon’ and gets its name from its strong musky smell. It is a yellow-coloured fruit with tempting sweetness and a pleasant aroma. They are abundantly available in summer and have high water content, making them hydrating and cooling.
It is the fruit of an annual trailing or climbing Asian vine (Cucumis melo) of the gourd family. It’s closely related to other plants like squash, pumpkin, zucchini, and watermelon.
Muskmelons are nutrient-dense and provide a wide assortment of important vitamins and minerals.
They are especially high in vitamin C, a water-soluble vitamin that helps prevent disease and strengthens immune function.
Some types also contain a good amount of vitamin A, a micronutrient that’s essential for healthy vision, skin cell turnover, and growth and development.
Additionally, muskmelons contain antioxidants, which are compounds that fight cellular damage. Antioxidants in muskmelons include gallic acid, ellagic acid, and caffeic acid.
Muskmelon is delicious, refreshing, and easy to add to your diet. It can be cut into cubes and enjoyed alone or as part of a tasty fruit salad. It can also be churned into a fresh sorbet for a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Additionally, you can add this nutritious melon to salads or smoothies for a burst of extra flavour and nutrition.
What’s more, you can wash, dry, and roast the seeds of muskmelon for a satisfying snack. Alternatively, try sprinkling them over soups and salads.