How to cook honeydew melon seeds

All-rounder melon Can I actually eat the kernels?

Melons are pure summer - and a real all-rounder! Because you can drink them, smear them on your bun and even grill them. There are around 700 varieties worldwide.

BILD answers the most important melon questions, shows the most popular ones and tells you what you can do with the refreshing fruits.

What are melons anyway?

Botanically, the fruit does not belong to the fruit, but to the pumpkin family and is related to cucumber and zucchini.

How healthy are you?

Melons (especially the kernels) contain lots of nutrients and vitamins (especially the watermelon). Including: provitamin A, B vitamins, vitamin C, potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium.

How do you recognize ripe water melons?

With the knock test. A ripe melon has a high water content and can conduct sound well. It sounds dull and full when you knock on it.

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What is the best way to store melons?

Melons can be kept for up to two weeks in a cool, dark place. A cut piece should be eaten within a day, as the interfaces dry quickly and bacteria can easily settle.

Can you eat the kernels?

Yes! However, they have a bitter taste. And: You should chew the kernels well so that the nutrients and vitamins (calcium, vitamins A, B, C) they contain can develop.

The most popular varieties

Watermelon

The flesh is light to deep red or yellow (fewer stones). Weighs up to 6 kilos.

Specialty: If it consists of 95 percent water, it has just 24 calories for 100 g.

Perfect for: Salad with sheep's cheese, as ice cream or cocktail.

Recipe: Put 200 g watermelon in the blender along with 40 ml vodka. On ice cubes perfect for the summer party.

► Galia melon

The bowl is covered with a whitish net. 100 g of the white-green pulp have around 50 calories.

Specialty: Young melon variety - a cross between omelons and the honeydew melon variety Honey Dew. Bred for the first time in Israel.

Perfect for: The pulp is aromatic but not very sweet. Great on the grill with fish or seafood.

Recipe: Slice the melon and remove the peel. Place directly on the grill and grill for about three minutes on both sides. Then salt and pepper.

► Honeydew melon

Belongs to the sugar melons. Skin is yellow, smooth to warty, greenish-white inside.

Specialty: Very cute! 100 g contain up to 10 percent sugar - and 55 calories!

Perfect for: Chutneys or shakes.

Recipe: For a chutney, core and dice a melon, squeeze an orange and finely dice two small peppers. Bring to the boil together with half a teaspoon each of salt and pepper and 150 g sugar. Simmer for three hours while stirring. Pour hot into glasses. Shelf life for one year.

Cantaloupe

Small variety of melon. It brings it to a maximum of 1.5 kilos. 100 g has 35 calories.

Specialty: The cantaloupe spoils quickly. When cut, it should be consumed immediately.

Perfect for: The firm meat is delicious as a starter with ham, in a salad or in a punch.

Recipe: Slice the melon and remove the peel. Halve the slices and wrap with dried ham. Refreshing starter.

► Futuro melon

Has a shape like a football and a dark green shell. Also called Piel de Sapo ("toad skin"). Very popular especially in Spain.

Specialty: Can be stored for a long time thanks to the robust shell.

Perfect as: The firm meat goes well with hearty foods such as ham and cheese.

Recipe: Fry the melon cubes with the pine nuts and garlic in the pan, turning them carefully. Mix with a little pesto and serve. Super side dish! (era)