The other names of this fruit include musk melon, rockmelon, sweet melon. It originates from in Africa, Iran, and India and is grown all over North America and Europe today. It is said that Columbus introduced the cantaloupe to the Americas. Cantaloupe seeds were planted and shared with the native population who received the new fruit with great enthusiasm.
Cantaloupe contains almost 90% water which helps to maintain the water content of our body. It is a wonderful fruit to rehydrate during summer months as it helps to regulate the heat inside the body and can prevent heat-related diseases such as inflammation and arthritis.
Cantaloupe can help with the heavy flow during a menstrual period by excreting the heat that causes this.
With high levels of Vitamins A and C and an excellent level of beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium you are sure to notice a difference in the health of your skin.
Vitamin C, vitamin A, beta-carotene, and phytochemicals work against free radicals boosting immunity and preventing cancer.
Presence of folic acid prevents cervical cancer, also useful for pregnant women to have healthy fetus and prevent osteoporosis. Also, the folic acid present in cantaloupe helps fight depression and other brain related issues.
A high-fibre diet may reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes and obesity. It can help you lose weight by making you feel fuller longer, this low calorie highly nutritious food will help you feel satisfied for longer and crush your cravings fast.
A potassium-rich snack like cantaloupe after exercise is the perfect post-workout replenishment. It restores electrolytes and is pre-digested which means your body will absorb it straight away.
Melons teach us how to receive with ease and grace. Their predigestion means our body absorbs the nutrition readily and easily with little to no work.
It is nice to know that there are certain gifts in life that just come to you with little or no work. Melon helps us in times when we are struggling with an area in our life, it helps us to focus our energy and attention.
Choose which fruits of your labour you wish to harvest, eg, choose what type of business or work you wish to do. Sometimes easy work can be just as rewarding. You don’t have to exhaust yourself and work strenuously to feel accomplished.
When an opportunity arises take it, don’t belittle yourself, life is being good to you.
Cantaloupe assists with creativity and removing mental blockages. Connect with cantaloupe daily to assist with addictions, replace the addiction with the cantaloupe to reap the rewards.
Cantaloupe juice is best taken on an empty stomach, preferably in the morning.
Consume fresh cantaloupe at the start of meals to avoid digestion discomfort.
Roast cantaloupe to enjoy the sweetness of the fruit.
Crush the pulp of cantaloupe and mix it with water. Filter it and drink its essence on an empty stomach in the morning daily to cures stones in the body.
Crush the seeds of cantaloupe and then soak in hot water for half an hour and filter. Drinking this water will help to cure pain and burning urination and can help to remove bladder stones.
Eating refrigerated melon with honey is said to help to control the heat and prevent heavy blood flow.
The perfect sauce to go with any pasta dish, it is light and super creamy and will keep in the fridge for 5 days and freeze well if you want to make a big batch.
This recipe makes 4 servings
Equipment needed: blender, chopping board, chefs knife, wooden spoon, saucepan
TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes
The challenge with a vegan carrot cake is to replace the eggs without ending up with a dry, crumbly sponge. This recipe uses psyllium husks (the incredibly high-fibre shells of tiny seeds) to help bind the batter and keep everything deliciously moist. When making the cream cheese frosting be sure to use a brand of vegan cream cheese which isn’t too savoury.
Makes 1 whole cake (12 slices)
Equipment needed: 2 x round cake tins, oven, baking paper, mixing bowl x 2, whisk, measuring jug, sieve, grater, cooling rack, chopping board, chefs knife
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour
Looking for a veggie midweek meal? Try our vegetarian celeriac steak recipe for a super easy low-calorie meal for three
Makes 3 servings
Equipment needed: large saucepan, wooden spoon, chopping board, knife, small skillet/frying pan
TOTAL TIME: 45 minutes
If there’s one dish that can be made in a jiffy (just 15 minutes) and can be served as a starter, an appetiser and a full-blown main dish, it is this Chilli Garlic Mushroom. Its simple recipe comes together so effortlessly quick that it’s a perfect ‘surprise guest visit’ snack.
Equipment needed: large frying pan, chopping board, chefs knife,
TOTAL TIME: 20 MINUTES
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