All about Melons By:Logan Zahn

What do we get out of melons?

-Contains high amounts of vitamin A and vitamin C

-Very rich in potassium as well!

Melons are yummy!

What foods are in this category?

-Cantaloupes

-Honeydew

-Hamimelon

-Galia Melon

-Canary Melon

Fruit salad...Yummy yummy

Health benefits of melons

-Melons are low in calories, with just 64 calories in a 1-cup serving of honeydew balls and fewer calories in cantaloupe, casaba or watermelon balls. At the same time, melons are high in essential vitamins and minerals. They contain almost no fat or saturated fat, making them an excellent choice for snacks or a side dish.

-The red color in watermelon is lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help prevent cell damage. Lycopene consumption has been linked to reduced rates of certain cancers and a reduced risk of heart attack. A 1 1/2-cup of raw watermelon contains approximately 9 to 13 mg of lycopene. Watermelon contains about 40 percent more lycopene than a serving of raw tomatoes.

Honeydew!

How much do melons cost in stores?

-Watermelon- 2.99/melon

-Honeydew-3.99/melon

-Cantaloupes-$0.59/pound

Interesting facts

Melon is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. Its closest relatives are squashes and cucumbers.

Melons originate from Africa and southwestern parts of Asia.

After they become widely spread and popular in Europe, melons were introduced to America by the Spanish settlers during the 15th and 16th century.

Melon is annual plant, which means that it finishes its life cycle in one year.

Melon produces two types of flowers: staminate (contains only male reproductive organs) and perfect flowers (contains both male and female reproductive organs). Plant that produces these types of flowers is called andromonoecious.

Credits:

Created with images by alubavin - "Watermelon" • ArturoYee - "IMG_0516 Cantalope Orange" • joyosity - "Sliced honeydew" • bergblau - "fruit melon market" • PublicDomainPictures - "baby bite boy"

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