Melon

Melón Amarillo Ok     Melon Cantalupo

Yellow                                       Cantaloupe

Melón Sapo OkPiel de sapo (toad skin) or Santa Claus melon

 

Binomial name: Cucumis melo L.

The melon is born from a herbaceous plant. The fruit has an ellipsoidal form and a length between 20 to 30 cm.

Origin: it is usually situated in South Asia, in concrete in the ancient Persia, reaching as far as Egypt. Greeks and Romans popularised it in the Mediterranean. In the 16th and 17th centuries Europeans carried it until America, with a favourable climate for its crop.

Medicinal values: its high content in water stimulates the renal function. It is recommended in cases of dehydration with mineral losses.

Caloric value per 100 g: 30 kcal

Varieties: green melon, yellow melon, Cantaloupo, Galia.

Curiosities: the CSIC (Spanish National Research Council) created a cultivation system that allowed to collect the fruits even twenty days after the normal cut and also to conserve in cold chamber a month and a half (in front of the normal shelf life).