As I often gape at the varieties of fruits in the world, this time, the fruit that has my attention is golden melon which is also known as sweet melon or honeydew melon. Unlike a month or two ago, golden melon has become the fruit in town. Walking through the streets of a city in Nigeria this period, there’s a very high chance that you will cross a hawker passing by with golden melons, or see a fruit store with the yellow fruit that isn’t grape. Yes, there is golden melon in Nigeria. Read this post to find out common stores to find golden melon aside the street hawkers that I mentioned earlier.
However, despite your meetings with golden melon, you happen to be the unenlightened individual that I was last year and you’ve been wondering what on earth the yellow ball of goodness is or you’re the individual that knows the name of the fruit but does not know it’s peculiar characteristics and importance.
Whichever category you belong, as long as your curiosity brought you to this page, dear friend, just read on because every bit of this post is for you!
According to the market woman that schooled me with a basic description, golden melon is just like cucumber, watermelon, and other fruits that you can categorize with the aforementioned.
And from further research,
Here is a list of 10 important facts you should know about golden melon:
1. Golden melon or sweet melon is botanically known as Cucumis melo and belongs to the family, Cucurbitaceae.
2. This somewhat oval melon fruit has a smooth, waxy yellow rind/skin, creamy white flesh and seeds.
3. The fruit has the taste of apple, water melon and gauva combined. Yea! It’s simply the complete fruit package with a taste you might be unable to describe.
4. The skin is edible; just like cucumber but unlike watermelon whose skin edibility is quite controversial.
5. Seeds can be dried, roasted, or pressed into seed oil. Thus, all parts are consumable. Also, the seeds are planted to grow the fruit.
6. The somewhat smells like the wild mango of southwest Nigeria which is locally called “Oro” and whose seed is used for ogbono soup.
7. Golden melon contains vitamin C, pantothenic acid, calcium, zinc, vitamin B6, fibre, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin A and omega-3 & 6.
8. It contains about 90% water thus, hydrates the body really well.
9. It contains potassium which according to recent studies releases signals which helps to stimulate and regulate the nerves and muscles contractions within the body.
10. The fruit prevents cardiovascular diseases due to its high amount of vitamin B6 and Omega 3 & 6.
11. It also prevents constipation due to its dietary fibre content. It’s a good fit for healthy weight management and cholesterol control.
12. Golden melon can also be dried to serve as a handy snack to be consumed anytime.
Fruits and vegetables are of immeasurable importance to the health. Although, it has become almost impossible to do without processed foods, fruits and vegetables are important as they promote a healthy and long life.
Thus, when you come across a fruit or vegetable that appeals to you, get it and consume it. They are nature’s gift to you to stay healthy.
In Nigeria, you can find golden melon in fruit stores. For example, in Ile-Ife, Osun state, there is this fruit store opposite Seven Days Adventist School. They usually sell golden melon. Occasionally, in the New Buka of Obafemi Awolowo University, you will find golden melon when its in season usually between March and May. The owner of the fruit store opposite that Seven Days Adventist school usually gets his fruits from Jos which implies that you can get sweet melon in Jos.
In Lagos, it is really easy to find this fruit because you can always find it on hawkers during its season. I honestly cannot count how many times I found this fruit on these children hawkers around. It’s practically in every junction. In Abuja, you can check out LaalfiFarms on Instagram. They specialize in dried fruits and can help you in getting fresh sweet melons.
If you’ve ever eaten this fruit, I’ll like to have a description of its taste according to your taste bud. Kindly use the comment section.