Melons are one of those fruits that epitomize summer–their sweet, juicy fragrance such a long-awaited treat. Of course you can just eat them fresh out of hand but below you’ll find a few ideas for salads, sorbets, appetizers and the like that might be fun to try if you have an abundance.
Melons originated in Africa and Southwest Asia. They are cucurbits, as are cucumbers. There are hundreds of varieties of melon around the world, used in both sweet and savory dishes.
Store your melons in the refrigerator and don’t forget about them as they can turn sickly sweet and begin breaking down if you leave them too long.
Melons are a good ounce of vitamin B6, vitamin A (especially the orange-fleshed ones like cantaloupe) as well as potassium.