A 100-calorie serving of honeydew provides almost 100% of your daily need of vitamin C, which is important for promoting a healthy immune system.
A well-chosen, properly-ripened honeydew comes in a close second to cantaloupe as my favorite fresh juice. The pastel green liquid that pours out of the juicer is sweeter than cantaloupe and, incidentally, is the highest in fruit sugar of all the melons. Columbus must have thought the same way; he shipped honeydew seeds across the sea to American shores. Today, nearly all honeydew melons come from the irrigated fields of California. Long before Columbus, Egyptian hieroglyphics, as far back as 2400 BC, depicted these succulent fruits as an important part of their ancient culture.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Honeydew Juice
Honeydew Juice Nutrition
Honeydew is an excellent source of vitamin C and potassium, and a good source of vitamin B6, thiamine, niacin, copper, and folate. One cup of honeydew has as much potassium as a medium banana, and only half the calories.
Honeydew Juice is an excellent source of:
Honeydew Juice is a good source of:
- Vitamin B6
- Folate Acid
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Honeydew Juice
The good supply of potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure levels. A 100-calorie serving of honeydew provides almost 100% of your daily need of vitamin C, which is important for promoting a healthy immune system. Add copper to the mix and you have a juice that feeds the skin more effectively than any expensive anti-aging cream. Both vitamin C and copper are vital components to collagen production and skin repair.
Preparing for Juicing
Thinly slice away the outer skin, leaving as much of the pith as possible. Cut into hopper-sized wedges and juice, seeds and all.
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Honeydew Juice Tips
This is a juice you are going to want to drink soon after preparing. Honeydew juice will keep for 24 hours refrigerated, but the delicate and complex taste will diminish within a few hours of juicing, and there is a difference between freshly-made frothy juice, and juice that has been sitting for even a few hours. Nonetheless, even day-old home-juiced honeydew beats any variety of those pasteurized, bottled, and commonly offered by your grocer.
Picking Perfect Produce
Honeydews will become softer and juicier after picking but they will not grow sweeter, so it’s important to choose wisely. During my early honeydew days, many a fruit ended up in the trash because I mistakenly assumed they just needed time to ripe. There is a world of difference between a bland, pale honeydew and the deep green, juicy-sweet flesh of one that has been allowed to ripen on the vine. Look for melons that are slightly soft, and with a creamy yellow navel. Rock-hard melons will not be sweet. You should also detect a pleasant honey-like aroma. And, as with most fruits, the better the taste, the richer in nutrients.
Storing Your Produce
If hard, will store on the counter for a week or more. Once slightly soft to the touch, it will keep for 2 or 3 days on the shelf and up to a week in the fridge.
There are only a few fruits with such a distinct and wonderful taste; I hesitate to recommend mixing honeydew with other juices. But when the honeydew is less than perfectly ripened, add a scoop of concentrated orange juice to liven it up. If you must, cantaloupe and honeydew do get along quite nicely.
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