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Be a Melon Head

The Sweet Tasting Fruit That's Sweet for You

-- By Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer

Pick one that is firm. It might give off a mild melon aroma; this is okay. Choose one that appears more golden in the shell than green. Also, “better” cantaloupes are said to have a more even “netting,” the markings on the outside of the fruit. They also might feel heavy for their size; this is a good thing.

It is also important you wash the cantaloupe before you prepare it. You may not think germs on the shell will affect the fruit, but you can pass pesticides from the outside onto the inside with your knife.

There are many ways to enjoy cantaloupe and receive its fantastic nutritional benefits. One obvious choice is eat it plain, sliced or in cubes. However, you can also include it in fruit smoothies (paired with blueberries, this would be quite the nutritional kick) or as an ingredient in a chilled soup. Included below is an idea for cantaloupe salsa. This can be a great addition to some chicken, pork, or even fish.

First, cube one cantaloupe, removing the shell and seeds. Chop one bell pepper, of any color. Add the juice of one lime and a pinch of salt and pepper. Served chilled. Want to kick it up a notch? Try adding some finally chopped cilantro, chiles, or scallions to taste. Enjoy!

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