A fresh slice of melon is practically synonymous with summer. Melons have been a staple in
America since the beginning of backyard BBQs. Not only are they vibrant and delicious, they’re healthful. Just one cup (and less than 50 calories) of cantaloupe or watermelon covers 100 percent of the daily-recommended value of vitamins.
Cantaloupe originated in India and Africa nearly 5,000 years ago. The melon is a heat-loving fruit with a long growing season. Today, the North American cantaloupe that is actually a different variation of the original—also known as a muskmelon—grows perfectly in our southern California temperate.
Watermelon shares the same birthplace as cantaloupe but surpasses it as the most consumed melon in the U.S. It’s comprised almost entirely of water—about 92%—so it’s a great bodily cleanse with a sweet twist. Only five states, including California, are the leading producers of watermelon in the U.S. We’re growing some of the most tasteful melons right in our own backyard.
Not only is melon delectable, it has incredible beauty-boosting benefits. Both fruits’ flesh is filled with Vitamin A that cleans out pores and promotes clear skin. It’s also been said to prevent wrinkles by improving the skin’s elasticity. It’s like Botox au naturel.
So as the summer comes to an end, stay refreshed with The Original Manassero Farms watermelon and cantaloupe. Looking for a way to make the most of your cantaloupe? Try our recipe of the month, Watermelon Plata Tequila Cocktail.
Tanza Loudenback 8/20/14