This melon milkshake is very fresh: a melon milkshake with a seasonal fruit. The melon is a very refreshing fruit!
History of melon
It is thought that melon comes from India, or Iranian deserts or African. Melon, in any case, was cultivated in Egypt five centuries before Christ. It has crossed the Mediterranean to reach Greece and then Rome, around the 1st century.
Among the ancients, melon was a small and probably not very sweet fruit. Melon had a peppery and vinegary taste, enhanced with a Garum flavor (fermented fish sauce), and a salad. Over the centuries, it gained volume, fragrance and sweet flavor. It then ceased to be considered a vegetable, and became a real fruit.
During the Renaissance, the monks cultivated the melon for the Popes in their summer residence Cantaluppo near Rome. This has lead to the name “cantaloupe” given to this type of melon that we know well, round with the orange flesh, so tasty.
What do melons contain?
The melon is made up almost 90% water. Proteins and lipids are present only in very small quantities. Its energy value depends mostly on carbohydrates. The latter consist of simple sugars: sucrose (3/4), glucose and fructose.
This fruit is rich in carotenoids, which are transformed into provitamin A in the body. Melon has good vitamin C content: 100 g melon cover just over a third of our daily requirement of this vitamin. In addition, melon also provides vitamins of group B.
Melon offers a good intake of potassium and trace elements iron, zinc, copper, and manganese. Its fibers (hemicelluloses and pectin) are particularly effective in stimulating the intestinal transit.
Melon and health
In general, consumption of foods rich in carotenoids is associated with a lower risk for some cancers.
Many studies have shown that a high consumption of fruits and vegetables decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease, certain cancers and other chronic diseases. Their vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant compounds play a significant protective role.