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Canary Melon

Canary melon is oval-shaped, with a smooth skin. When the melon is ripe, its hard rind turns bright yellow, it develops a corrugated look and a slightly waxy feel and its flesh will be pale ivory in colour.

 

The name comes from its bright yellow colour, which resembles that of the canary. The melon possesses flavours both tangy and mildly sweet.

 

Its aromatics linger with nuances of banana and pineapple and a slightly musky finish.

 

The Canary melon is not the most recognized commercial melon variety, as it has many growing deficiencies.

 

It is susceptible to mildew, sunburn and is inherently not disease resistant, thus often crops yield damaged fruit.

 

Canary melons are an excellent source of fiber, with 10 grams per 1/2-cup serving. Not only does getting more fiber in your diet alleviate constipation, but people who eat more fiber have lower rates of heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.

 

Canary melons are high in vitamin C, meeting 50 percent of the daily value.

 

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that protects you from cell-damaging free radicals. These substances are linked to aging and may also increase your risk of heart disease and cancer.

 

Eating fruits like canary melon that is rich in potassium as part of an overall healthy diet may lower blood pressure, and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help to decrease bone loss.

 

Folate also known as folic acid helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, and in addition 400 mcg of synthetic folic acid from fortified foods or supplements.

 

When choosing a good quality canary melon, you should make sure the melon is firm.

 

The presence of any soft spots along the body is an indication that the melon has passed its prime, but it should be slightly soft around the stem area.

 

A ripe canary melon will be bright yellow with few or no blemishes.

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